Discover A Relic From The Ice Age at Nine Times Nature Preserve in Pickens, SC

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Are you looking for a place to hike in Pickens, SC? Nine Times Natures Preserve, Picken’s newest mountain hiking destination, is amazingly gorgeous. Kidding Around’s Melanie headed to Pickens to check it out. Find out about this new nature preserve and how to get there!

There is so much to see and do in Pickens County, South Carolina! We’ve discovered another place to explore with your family no matter the season! If you love hiking trails and hidden gems – we’ve got a perfect place to check out! You might even come across a flower that is thought to only exist in the Upstate!

About the Nine Times Nature Preserve

The 560-acre piece of land was purchased by Upstate Forever from a real estate company to keep it from being transformed into a housing development. It is now managed by the Nature Conservancy. The preserve was named for the nine bridges across a small creek that were needed to gain access to the property. 

Nine Times Nature Preserve is one of the most biologically significant properties in the southeast, harboring more than 100 species of native wildflowers, black bears, trout, birds of prey, and more. 

There are several places to hop on a trail along the road that intersects the preserve. If you are a skilled hiker, the Big Rock Mountain Summit Trail will reward you with gorgeous views of the county. For the rest of us, the homing trails wind through a bio-diverse wonderland and along with parts of the Little Eastatoe River. 

GPS might try to take you the wrong way and lead you to a dead-end at the private property – apparently, this happens frequently. The easiest way to get there is to put the intersection of Eastatoe Creek Road and East Preston McDaniel Road into your GPS, or these coordinates: 

Lat: 34.95337162792310
Long: -82.80727305992451

What awesome things have you found on nature hikes in the Upstate?

About the Author
Melanie is a native New Yorker, who landed in the Upstate by way of Florida. She is the mom of two awesome kids, and the three of them love going on adventures!

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