The northwest corner of SC, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is rich in nature and history. Explore lakes, quaint towns, battlefields and more.
Bald Rock, comprising 165 acres, is currently managed by the SC Department of Natural Resources. The property adjoins Caesars Head State Park and is part of the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area. The rock, for which the preserve is named, is a popular tourist attraction. It provides scenic, panoramic views of the east side of Table Rock Mountain and the surrounding foothills of Pickens and Greenville counties.
The preserve contains a complex of granite outcrops, seeps and waterslides surrounded by a mosaic of mixed pines and hardwoods. Lichens and mosses have colonized portions of the rock outcrops. Joined with forces of weather, these pioneer species create pockets and cracks in the granite, which are filled with sand and organic matter. Some display patches of herbaceous plants.
The preserve protects two headwater streams that are essential in maintaining several groups of rare plant species. They include the nationally threatened plant species, piedmont ragwort, and the state threatened plant species, grass-of-parnassus. Additional rare species that have been documented nearby include the New England cottontail, woodrat and northern long-eared bat.
Bring your own drinking water
No trash receptacles - take your trash out with you
No public facilities
No plant, animal, artifact or any other natural or cultural material may be taken or disturbed
Not wheelchair accessible
Bald Rock is adjacent to the east side of US Highway 276, 2.1 miles north of SC Highway 11 and 5.25 miles south of the Caesars Head State Park Headquarters in Greenville County. Visitors can reach the preserve from a broad pull-off along Highway 276 beside a granite vista.