Eva Russell Chandler Heritage Preserve #1

Slickum Creek

Approximately 528 feet from the Eva Russell Chandler Heritage Preserve #1 trail head lies a steep granite outcrop with spectacular views of the upstate. We define that as instant gratification around here. The trail immediately leads to a dilapidated brick chimney, standing quite precariously amidst the trees - note the caution tape in several of the photos. A few steps further and you are already at Slickum Creek, running swiftly down the large rock outcrop, providing awe-inspiring views. The trail continues up Slickum Creek for another 0.4 miles to the Eva Russell Heritage Preserve #2 trail head. Easy and highly rewarding for those times when a long hike isn’t in the plans.

Recommendation: Check out the map from AllTrails to stay on track - the trail head is several miles up Persimmon Ridge Road (off of Hwy 11), which turns into a mostly gravel road with several stops along the way, making this exact spot harder to find.

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The Eva Russell Heritage Preserve is located within the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, which is made up of approximately 11,000 acres and “bridges” the land between the Table Rock watershed and Poinsett watershed. The Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area is home to two of the most gorgeous parks in South Carolina, Caesar’s Head State Park and Jones Gap State Park, along with dozens of other natural wonders.

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Always be careful - the granite outcrop is steeper than it looks and can be dangerous.

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#DYK: Cataract bogs, a rare ecological community, are created when creeks permanently flow slowly over steep rock outcrops.

Located along Persimmon Ridge Road is also Ashmore Heritage Preserve, so pack a picnic and make a day of exploring this beautiful spot in our Upstate!

Jen Charles