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Flat Creek Natural Area and 40 Acre Rock

Flat Creek Natural Area and 40 Acre Rock
Flat Creek Natural Area and 40 Acre Rock

Located within the Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve, Flat Creek Natural Area and 40 Acre Rock contains the largest remaining undisturbed granitic flat-rock outcrop in the Carolina Piedmont. The flat-rock vegetation includes 13 rare or endemic species and 20 other species characteristic of these outcrops. Chestnut, oak, mockernut, hickory, sweetgum and pignut hickory trees abound on the southeast facing slopes. Flat Creek Dike is one of the thickest in eastern North America (1,123 feet). Taken together, these geological and biological features in such close proximity represent an unusual outdoor laboratory.

Location: Lancaster County, SC

Year designated: 1984

Acres: 729

Ownership: State


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Last Updated: June 28, 2012