The Nature Conservancy and the Felburn Foundation partnered to protect a unique set of twin waterfalls in Pickens County, South Carolina.
Twin Falls, a popular place to locals and visitors alike, is a beautiful place to experience fall color this time of year, after an easy 10-minute hike from the parking lot along a flat, well-worn path.
The falls themselves are unique; one plume boasts a 70-foot drop into the pool below, while the second tumbles along rocks to the bottom.
The property itself has stood out among veteran waterfall visitors who knew that the falls resided not on federal or state-protected land, but on private property. And now the land is protected, thanks to a conservation agreement donated by the Florida-based Felburn Foundation, who owns the property.
Twin Falls was one of the first acquisitions of the Felburn Foundation, and one of the founder's favorites.
"We are pleased to be able to join forces with The Nature Conservancy to honor the intent of Mr. Felburn that this special place be permanently preserved and protected," said foundation president Larry White.
"Nothing has changed," said Kristin Austin, project director for the S.C. Southern Blue Ridge Project of The Nature Conservancy. "Except that we can all sleep at night knowing the falls are conserved."
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.