** ALERT: Nine Times Preserve suffered some storm damage from Hurricane Irma. Please note that parking and access currently is limited. Thank you for your patience!**
Named because nine bridges across a small creek were needed to gain access to the property, this 560‑acre nature preserve is one of the most biologically significant properties in the southeast. Located where the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains meet the Piedmont, The land encompasses five mountains that harbor more than 134 species of native wildflowers. It also is home to seven distinct forest types where black bear roam, unique rock outcrop plant communities where peregrine falcons fly, and headwater streams where trout dart.
The Nature Conservancy owns and manages the preserve to 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. Learn more about freshwater fishing regulations.
Protection began at Nine Times Preserve when Upstate Forever purchased the property from Crescent Resources in 2007. The Nature Conservancy then took ownership in 2009, utilizing 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 give visitors an opportunity to explore the forests, ravines, and streams throughout the preserve. Funding from the Recreational Trails Program through the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism made the trail installation possible.