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Bald Rock Heritage Preserve — Cleveland, South Carolina

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Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

With spectacular Table Rock standing in the distance, Bald Rock Heritage Preserve provides one of the best panoramic views of the South Carolina foothills. Adjoining Caesar’s Head State Park, the 165-acre preserve, including its eponymous rock face, is a popular stop for travelers winding through the scenic roads of Greenville and Pickens counties.

Bald Rock South Carolina

Amy Moorrees of Pickens, 2019 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

The preserve is part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, which includes Caesar’s Head State Park and Jones Gap State Park as well as Wildcat Falls. Access to the preserve’s namesake rock is provided by a wooden footbridge.

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve, SC

Andy Hunter of North Augusta, 2018 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, the preserve harbors two headwater streams that provide habitat to protected plant species such as Piedmont ragwort (Packera millefolia) and grass-of-parnassus (Parnassia glauca).

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

Derek Thornton of Greer, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Graffiti is noticeable on the rock. Sadly, some visitors believe that painting the rock is a harmless tradition. However, the paint causes harm both to the surrounding plants and the animals that eat them. Defacing the rock and its grounds in any way is strictly prohibited. Visitors also are asked to pack up their trash when leaving the preserve. Taking such measures to protect the ecology of this breathtaking vista ensures that all can enjoy its natural beauty for years to come.

Bald Rock SC Overlook

Amy Moorrees of Pickens, 2019 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Even with the presence of graffiti, the mist and mountains of the South Carolina Foothills are an astounding view from atop this granite formation. It is essential for visitors to remember that runoff from rain can lead to spray paint infiltrating the aforementioned streams. Please help keep Bald Rock Heritage Preserve’s habitat healthy.

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve Sign

Jimmy Emerson of Dalton, GA, 2014 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

More Pictures of Bald Rock

Bald Rock SC

Amy Moorrees of Pickens, 2019 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Directions to Bald Rock

Contributor Barry Gooch gives the following directions for how best to reach Bald Rock:

Head south from Caesar’s Head on US 276 (Geer Highway). Drive about four miles and you will pass a road to the left called Persimmon Ridge Road. Drive another half-mile, and Club Terrace Drive will be on the right. I don’t know if either of these roads are marked. The overlook will be another one-tenth of a mile on the left. It isn’t marked and the bald is obscured by trees. There is no parking lot, though enough people stop at the overlook that a makeshift parking area exists on the left side of the highway near the path to the bald. It’s an easy 50-yard walk from the highway and is well worth the time and effort. Be careful though, the rocks can be slippery!

Shining Rock

Barry Gooch of Port Royal, 2012 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Reflections on Bald Rock

Contributor Elyse Rachel shares, “I will never forget my first visit to Bald Rock. Wonderful motorcycle ride up the mountain. Climbed onto Bald Rock just before sunset and the views were amazing.”

Bald Rock

Elyse Rachel of Greer, 2015 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve Info

Address: United States Highway 276, Cleveland, SC 29635
GPS Coordinates: 35.082310,-82.621320

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve Map

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6 Comments about Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

Don Fortner says:
January 29th, 2019 at 11:27 am

I believe that Bald Rock was visited by me in the 1970s to try and
observe the launch of an Apollo launch from Florida. It had been reported previously that a local pilot flying south of Greenville had seen an earlier launch. I felt that being up over 3,000 freet on the bald rock I might be able to get a glimpse of the launch. I had played hookey from work that day and took my small 2.5 inch (60 MM) telescope to the mountain. When I arrived it was obscured by a thick fog. ;-(. By the way I went to work sad and disappointed.

Don Fortner says:
January 28th, 2019 at 5:53 pm

Who owned the land in the past. I keep hearing about Fortner Mountain . Could this be it. Did a Fortner once own the property ?

Leanne chamblee says:
July 5th, 2017 at 11:16 pm

I’m curious if anyone has experienced any spirits or ghosts on bald rock.

Jack says:
July 31st, 2018 at 3:21 pm

Yes it is (Table Rock mountain).

Mel Bivings says:
November 16th, 2016 at 1:52 am

Yes I do believe that’s Table Rock toward the right of all the pictures.

Susan Creamer says:
October 29th, 2016 at 8:20 am

Beautiful pictures!!
I am curious as to the name of the bald face mountain you can see to the right, when standing on Bald Rock.
Would this be Table Rock???


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