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South Carolina

Blue Wall Preserve


Why you should visit: The Nature Conservancy acquired the Blue Wall Preserve in 1997. The Preserve is located in northeast Greenville County and is part of a mosaic of protected parcels that cover approximately 20,000 acres within the Blue Ridge Escarpment of the Southern Appalachians. The Preserve was designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audobon Society; 114 different bird species have been observed on the Preserve. There is a variety of natural plant communities, including: hardwood uplands, Virginia pine succession forest stands, saturated southerm shrublands and open-water lakes. There is also a majestic waterfall along the trails. 

Location: Northeast Greenville County, east of Hogback Mountain

Size: 500 Acres

For more information:

The Nature Conservancy
27 Cleveland Street Suite 203
Greenville, SC 29601
(864) 233-4988

Birds Observed on the Preserve: Canada Goose, Turkey Vulture, American Crow, Blue-headed Vireo,   Red-eyed Vireo, Broad-winged Hawk, Wood Thursh, Mourning Dove, Brown Thrasher, Chimney Swift,   Carolina Wren, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Downy Woodpecker, Carolina Chickadee, Pileated Woodpecker, Tufted Titmouse, Acadian Flycatcher, American Goldfinch, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Parula, Blue Jay, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Redstart,   Worm-eating Warbler, Oven bird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Hooded Warbler, Eastern Towhee, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Northern Cardinal, and Red-winged Blackbird. Download Checklist.

What the Conservancy is doing: SCTNC is currently working on eradicating invasive plant species on the Blue Wall Preserve, including Chinese privet, kudzu, multiflora rose, English ivy, Princess tree, and Tree of Heaven. We also maintain a partnership with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation (PCF), which helps us update kiosk information and maintain trails. The PCF has established a part of the Palmetto Trail crossing South Carolina on the Blue Wall Preserve. Learn More

How to prepare for your visit: The public is invited to enjoy the property during the daylight hours. However, the following are not allowed on the Preserve:

  • Camping, fires or cook-outs
  • Bicycling
  • Hunting
  • Use of motorized vehicles
  • Disposal of trash
  • Artificial feeding of wildlife
  • Unleashed dogs
Directions

From Greenville/Hwy 25:

  • From the intersection of Hwy 25 and Hwy 11, head east on Hwy 11 towards Gowensville.
  • Drive approximately 9.5 miles and turn left onto Oak Grove Road. This is roughly 1 mile past the entrance of the Cliffs of Glassy development.
  • Go approximately 5.5 miles on Oak Grove Road and turn sharply left onto Lake Road, just past the Oak Grove Baptist Church.
  • Follow Lake Road for approximately 1.2 miles and come to a dead end at stop sign.
  • Turn left onto Lakeshore Road.
  • Go 0.4 miles and turn left onto Dug Hill Road.
  • At 0.2 miles, turn left onto Pennell Road

Please park in the upper parking area and walk down Pennell Road to the Palmetto Trail and kiosk.

From I-26: 

  • Exit I-26 onto SC Hwy 14 (Exit No. 1).
  • Follow SC Hwy 14 west towards Landrum for 2.6 miles.
  • Turn right onto Mountain View Road.
  • Go approximately 1 mile to a stop sign. Continue straight through the stop sign onto Belue Mill Road.
  • Drive approximately 1 mile and turn right onto Oak Grove Road at the fire station.
  • Follow Oak Grove Road approximately 0.9 miles.
  • Turn right onto Lake Road.
  • Drive approximately 1.2 miles and come to a dead end at stop sign.
  • Turn left onto Lakeshore Drive.
  • Go 0.4 miles and turn left onto Dug Hill Road.
  • At 0.2 miles, turn left onto Pennell Road.

Please park in the upper parking area and walk down Pennell Road to the Palmetto Trail and kiosk.

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