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Peter's Creek Heritage Trust Preserve

Kelly Street
Spartanburg SC 29307
Area: Spartanburg
(864) 948-0000

3.6 mi

Peters Creek Heritage Preserve covers 160 acres in Spartanburg County. This piedmont cove forest, with its rolling topography, an old mill dam, two creeks, and walking trails is a pleasant and peaceful place to visit. What to look for: The Preserve includes hardwood bluffs and slopes along Peters Creek, Mineral Springs, and an unnamed stream. These hardwoods provide stream and bluff-side conditions suitable for the second largest known population of dwarf-flowered heartleaf, Hexastylis naniflora, a threatened species. Songbirds and wildlife make their home in these hardwood forests, the pint woodlands, and scrub land. Volunteers have constructed almost four miles of trails throughout the preserve. Volunteers help maintain the trails and improvements. Visitors seeking a quick outdoor experience can hike a short 20 minute loop trail from the parking lot area through a hardwood forest. More ambitious trekkers can see all of the preserve. The longer trip requires a couple of stream crossings-might get your feet wet-and can take about 2 or 3 hours. A 300-year old flood caused by a tropical storm washed two large footbridges away. Efforts are underway to replace those bridges . In May, the dense clusters of pink flowers on mountain laurel reflect spectacularly on Peters Creek. A dam on Peters Creek at the end of one trail is over 100 years old.

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