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Hike Lake Conestee

Distance: Approximately 6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate-easy 

I rated this hike moderate-easy mostly due to the distance. Aside from that it should be an easy hike and level or slightly hilly most or all of the hike.  

Estimated Hiking Time: 3 hours (3.5-4 hours max with wildlife viewing and/or photography).

Other:  

Bring at least 1 liter or water (I don’t know if there will be any water fountains or outlets on the trails).  

A light snack or two is suggested.

We will meet in the parking lot beside the park office, located at 601 Fork Shoals Road, Greenville, SC, 29605. We will meet at 11:45 pm, begin hiking at 12:00 pm and finish no later than 4:00 pm. 

Dogs are allowed, but must be kept on a leash at all times.  At no time are dogs allowed to enter the water. Park regulations!

About the park:

Lake Conestee Nature Park consists of 400 acres of beautiful natural habitat along the banks of Reedy River, just 6 miles south of downtown Greenville.  This wildlife sanctuary contains hardwood and mixed forests, extensive wetlands, 3 miles of the Reedy River, and a rich diversity of wildlife habitat.  Deer, raccoon, beaver, fox, river otter, and various small mammals inhabit the park, along with numerous species of reptiles and amphibians. Over 190 bird species have been reported by the Greenville County Bird Club.  The park has been designated as an Important Bird Area of Global Significance by the National Audubon Society.  

Lake Conestee was created when the Reedy River was dammed at the Conestee Textile Mill in about 1892.  At its largest, the lake covered about 130 acres, but years of upstream industrial waste and discharge have filled about 90 percent of the lake with sediment.  The Conestee Foundation, a 501(c) conservation organization, was formed in 2000 to lead the revitalization of the lake as a wetlands through the development of the nature park.  The park is owned by the Conestee Foundation and is managed by the Greenville County Recreation District. It contains approximately 2 miles of paved trails, 3 miles of natural surface trails almost 2 miles of the Swamp Rabbit Trail and 2,000’ of boardwalk.

You can find out more about the park at it's website: 
http://lakeconesteenaturepark.com/

You can download or print a map of the park and it's trails at: 
http://lakeconesteenaturepark.com/trail/

 clink on the link that says "Download trail map (PDF)"

Directions: 

From I-85 (heading South on I-85):  

1. Take exit 46A for Augusta Rd and go 0.2 miles.

3. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Donaldson Field/Augusta Rd. S, merge onto     Augusta Rd and go 0.6 miles.

4. Turn left onto County Rd 7/Old Augusta Rd and go 0.5 miles.

5. Make slight left onto Fork Shoals Rd. 

Destination will be on the left in 0.7 miles.

From S. Pleasantburg Dr and I-85 (crossing over I-85 on S. Pleasantburg Dr.)

1 Continue south on SC-291/S Pleasantburg Dr toward Impact Dr for 0.7 miles. 

2. Turn left onto County Rd 7/Old Augusta Rd and go 0.5 miles

3. Make slight left onto Fork Shoals Rd (0.7 mi)

Destination will be on the left in 0.7 miles.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Nice park Marty. Thanks

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm five minutes away Marty

    December 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Im sorry I can't make it today!

    December 11, 2013

  • Marty (Aarabela) G.

    Tomorrow is suppose to be sunny with a high of 53.

    December 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If is not too cool, I will be happy to go. I have a sinus problem.

    December 10, 2013

  • Marty (Aarabela) G.

    I've decided to reschedule this event ONLY because they weather channel is calling for rain all day and heavy rain this afternoon and evening. I've decided to change it to December 11th. I also made it a little earlier of account of the sun typically setting around 5:30 pm this time of year.

    November 26, 2013

  • Marty (Aarabela) G.

    I just looked at the weather and considering there is a 100% chance of rain tomorrow, maybe I won't go if no one else signs up.

    November 25, 2013

  • janice k.

    have fun, stay dry and warm.

    November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Marty. Just getting a bad cold and the weather isn't cooperating, so I have to miss this one.

    November 25, 2013

    • janice k.

      you have got to start feeling better, sending healthy vibes your way.

      November 25, 2013

  • Marty (Aarabela) G.

    I've read some good things about this park. I've also seen some pictures on the internet and it looks nice.

    November 18, 2013

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