(VVS) BALD ROCK – EVA CHANDLER – WILDCAT WAYSIDE & ASHMORE HERITAGE PRESERVES

Details

Form carpools at University Square Shopping Center and meet leader at the Old Camp Spearhead parking lot on Civitan Road, Cleveland, SC at 9:00 AM.

Starting at the Bald Rock Overlook on US 276 our hike goes through the Bald Rock Preserve with excellent views from Bald Rock. After a short walk on Persimmon Ridge Rd. we visit an old moonshine still and 5 + waterfalls on Slickum Creek in the Eva Chandler Preserve. Next our hike passes 3 + waterfalls in the Wildcat Wayside Preserve and continues up to Persimmon Ridge Rd. which we follow for a short distance.

A connector trail provides us access to the Mountain Bridge Passage Trail and a route to the Campbell Mountain ridge. Our adventure continues in the direction of Green Mountain in the Ashmore Heritage Preserve where we visit an overlook with nice views. An old road/user trail takes us down to a loop trail around Lake Watacoo and then the Mountain Bridge Passage for a short hike down to Camp Spearhead.

This hike will be mostly bushwacks, user trails, old roads, and only a few official trails for short distances. Some of the bushwacks are very steep, especially around the waterfalls. This hike is not a hike for those who prefer well-manicured trails or are afraid of heights.

M: 12.9, EG: 2600, R: VVS
Drive RT: 44 miles, $4.00, L: 15
Leader: Sim Wright,[masked]