Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Property Location

Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Latitude: 34.992  Longitude:-82.404
Acreage: 179
County: Greenville

Property Type: Heritage Preserve - Natural

NO Hunting Allowed on Property

Hours of Operation

The area is open only during daylight hours.

Activities / Facilities

Nature Viewing Hiking Fishing

Property Description

Photograph of Plant on Preserve

Owned and managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources, the 178.7-acre Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve offers a 1.25-mile hiking trail that traverses a diversity of habitats. The habitats range from grassy fields to brushy fields to upland pine-hardwoods to bottomland hardwoods. Visitors can see grasshopper sparrows, blue grosbeaks, indigo buntings, bluebirds, cardinals and quail (to name just a few species). The trail forms a large loop starting and ending at opposite sides of the parking area. Be advised that poison ivy and dog ticks are abundant.

This property was purchased to protect the federally-endangered bunched arrowhead plant, Sagittaria fasciculata, which occurs in wetland seeps within rare Piedmont seepage forest. Other rare plants found there include climbing fern, Lygodium palmatum, and dwarf-flowered heartleaf, Hexastylis naniflora.

A portion of this property was purchased with the assistance of The Nature Conservancy and a 19.6-acre tract was acquired via mitigation by the SC Department of Transportation.

No hunting is allowed. The property is frequently used for research projects by nearby Furman University faculty and students. All research requires a permit from the preserve manager.

This heritage preserve is sometimes closed for public safety when SCDNR conducts controlled burns.