Nine Times Preserve lies at the intersection of South Carolina’s Southern Blue Ridge Mountains and its piedmont region, where mountainous terrain begins to slope into gentler hills. Black bear, peregrine falcons and freshwater trout are just a few of the species you may find on this incredibly biologically significant property.
Join TNC’s Upstate conservation director, Kristen Austin, on a guided hike to catch some of the preserve’s more than 134 species of wildflowers in bloom and to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its protection.
We will begin the day with a Trillium Trail wildflower nature walk. An easy 0.4-mile round-trip hike along Eastatoee Creek, this trail offers the best opportunity at the preserve to view ephemeral wild flowers in spring.
Following a picnic lunch, we will explore Rocky Bald Loop trail. Located at the center of the preserve, the Rocky Bald Loop trail is a moderate-to-difficult trail that winds for 0.6 miles along switchbacks up Rocky Bald Mountain.
Nine Times Preserve is located just off the Cherokee Scenic Highway (Hwy 11), minutes from Table Rock State Park and Jocassee Gorges State Management Area.