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The Nature Conservancy officially welcomed the public to the Nine Times Preserve at a dedication ceremony on May 2, 2009. This land deal began when Upstate Forever purchased Nine Times Preserve from Crescent Resources in 2007. The Nature Conservancy then took ownership, combining a $1.5 million grant from the South Carolina Conservation Bank and private donations from individuals and foundations.
In the winter of 2012, approximately 1.7 miles of trail were installed to help highlight the different community types throughout the preserve. Funding from the Recreational Trails Program through the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism made the trail installation possible.
The 560‑acre nature preserve is one of the most biologically significant properties in the southeast. The Nature Conservancy owns and manages the preserve to help promote healthy native plant communities and wildlife populations. Nine Times Preserve is also designated as a state Wildlife Management Area under an agreement with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, which oversees fishing and hunting on the property. Nine Times got its name because Northern timber barons had to throw nine bridges across a small creek to get their railroad line in to access the land.
Located where the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Piedmont, the preserve is a 15‑minute drive from the town of Pickens. The land contains five mountains and harbors more than 134 species of native wildflowers. It also is home to seven distinct forest types, unique rock outcrop plant communities and trout, black bears, and peregrine falcons. Are you a birdwatcher? See a checklist of the Birds of Nine Times Preserve.
For more information
The Nature Conservancy
27 Cleveland Street, Suite 203
Greenville, SC 29601
Open year-round, dawn to dusk. Are you a birdwatcher? Download a pdf file of our Nine Times Preserve Bird Checklist here.
From Highway 11 going west (away from Greenville toward Oconee County)
From Highway 11 going east (away from Oconee County toward Greenville)