Part of the trail near the ponds on Blue Wall Preserve is collapsing. This section of trail has been flagged. Please use caution when hiking through this area to avoid stepping in holes. We will repair the trail as soon as possible.
The Blue Wall Preserve 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 Audubon 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.
The Cherokee called the Blue Ridge Mountains the “Blue Wall.” Standing at The Nature Conservancy’s Blue Wall Preserve, looking 1,400 feet up the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment to views of Hogback Mountain and surrounding peaks, one can see how the preserve earned its nickname.
This 575-acre preserve, named for this view, is part of a larger collection of 22,000 acres of conserved land that provide clean drinking water, quiet recreation and protection of ecological diversity in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.
The Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment with its abrupt rise in elevation and abundant rainfall is one of the most ecologically important areas in the eastern US. The preserve hosts a variety of natural plant communities, including: hardwood uplands, Virginia pine successional forest stands, saturated southern shrublands, cold water streams, majestic waterfalls and open-water ponds. The Preserve was designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society.
What Are We Doing?
We are 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.
For more information:
The Nature Conservancy
27 Cleveland Street Suite 203
Greenville, SC 29601