The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) purchased the property and dedicated it as a Heritage Preserve in 2001.
Restore. Preserve. Cherish.
We work to RESTORE the natural habitat of rare and threatened plants and wildlife, PRESERVE the landscape and views, and CHERISH the legacy of our public lands.
Bald Rock Heritage Preserve is home to 165-acres of forest with granite outcroppings overlooking the foothills of Pickens and Greenville counties in South Carolina.
Rare & Threatened
SPECIES FOUND AT BALD ROCK
- Piedmont Ragwort
- Grass of Parnassus
- New England Cottontail Rabbit
- Eastern Woodrat
- Northern Long-eared Bat
The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has managed Bald Rock Heritage Preserve since 2001 to protect the rock, forest, rare animals and two headwater streams that are essential in maintaining several groups of rare plant species.
Friends of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve was formed in August 2021 to work in coordination and cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources to enhance the public use and enjoyment of the Preserve, while protecting its natural resources.
Registered as a SC Public Charity and filed an application for 501c3 status. Recruited volunteers to pick up litter and pressure wash graffiti off the rock on our first clean up days scheduled in October.
Over three days, 33 volunteers, ages 18-88, worked 74 man hours picking up 500 pounds of trash and pressure washing graffiti off a large section of the rock. SCDNR, River Falls Fire Department, and Greenville County Litter Ends Here provided staff and equipment.
In a one-day clean up event, 43 volunteers, plus River Falls Fire Department volunteers, Greenville Litter Ends Here Coordinator, and SCDNR staff contributed 119 man hours pressure washing to remove graffiti and collecting 920 pounds of trash.
During a one-day pressure washing event, 8 volunteers and 4 SCDNR staff worked 35 man hours with a Pumpkintown Fire Department providing water.
We will continue to hold clean up days with SCDNR staff as they develop a master plan to address the ongoing vandalism at the Preserve. Future events will also include membership drives, fundraising events, education, board and committee development. Let us know how you would like to get involved.
We intend to build a vibrant nonprofit organization that will assemble a coalition of stakeholders to:
- Assist SCDNR in ongoing oversight and cleaning required to make the Preserve a safe, clean, and naturally beautiful place.
- Assist SCDNR in educating the public about the importance and uniqueness of Bald Rock Heritage Preserve to help deter visitors from acts of vandalism.
- Cooperate with SCDNR to develop and implement a master plan to redesign the hardscape, appearance, and access that will resolve the many vulnerabilities of the Preserve.
- Provide a source of volunteers to help shift the culture from the decades long “tradition” of graffiti and vandalism to one of pride in the natural beauty of the SC Upstate, preserved for future generations.
- Aid SCDNR with resources to restore plant and animal habitats.