The Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment dominates South Carolina's westernmost region, including the northern parts of Oconee, Pickens, and Greenville counties. The mountains provide habitat for 7 plants and one animal on the federal list of endangered and threatened species. The mountains also harbor more than 300 rare plants and animals that are tracked by the SC Heritage Program, including more than 150 plants, 24 mammals, 5 amphibians, 5 reptiles, 4 birds and a few mosses, liverworts, lichens, mussels and caddisflies. Although the Southern Blue Ridge comprises less than 2 percent of the state's acreage, the mountains still provide habitat for more than 40 percent of the plants on the South Carolina rare plants list. To date, the Conservancy has helped to protect 38,709 acres in the Southern Blue Ridge.
View our Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment Fact Sheet here.