Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Overview

Area name

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

Area Location

Take Highway 601 north to Pageland, turn left onto Nature Reserve Road. Drive for 2 miles to Convervancy Road and turn left. The road will end in a parking lot after approximately 1 mile.

Area Map

Access

Hours of Operation: open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Facilities

No facilities.

Background

Forty Acre Rock Heritage is a misnomer as the area consists of approximately 14 acres, but the actual rock offers tremendous views of the area surrounding it. While the views are spectacular from the rock, the birding is not. For excellent birding in this park head to the beaver pond located by the lower parking lot. To access the lower parking lot, turn right onto Nature Reserve Road and drive for 1.6 miles, then turn right into the parking lot. Follow the trail from the parking lot to the beaver pond.

Best birding times are April through May and September through October.

Key Birds

Resident

Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk, American Woodcock, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler.

Summer

Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Louisian Waterthrush, American Redstart, Scarlet Tanager, Summer Tanager.

Winter

American Black Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Winter Wren.