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Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve – Sunset, South Carolina


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Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve in Pickens County encompasses 1,361 acres of mountain terrain along the Blue Ridge Escarpment in the Jocassee Gorges. The preserve is home to large stands of enormous tulip poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera), mixed hardwoods, and several plant species of concern, including the Oconee Bell (Shortia galacifolia). Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve was designated an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and invites hikers, birders, plant enthusiasts, and nature lovers to appreciate its pristine beauty.

Virginia Hawkins Falls

Mark VanDyke of Herndon, VA, 2013 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Virginia Hawkins Falls


The Foothills Trail, a 77-mile hiking trail through the mountains of South Carolina and North Carolina, winds through Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve and takes hikers alongside the Virginia Hawkins Falls, pictured above. Also known as the Double Falls, the small waterfall is known for its water purity and abundance of plant and animal life. Moisture from the stream along with the shade provided by the rocks create prime habitat for species that thrive in this cool mountain clime.

Laurel Fork Creek


Laurel Fork Creek

Michael Traufler of Columbia, 2008 © Do Not Use Without Written Consent

Also cutting through the preserve are the headwaters Laurel Fork Creek, though the Laurel Fork Falls are excluded from this tract and are solely under the management of the Jocassee Gorges. Though not part of the preserve, hikers will also appreciate the spectacular view of the Laurel Fork Falls, which eventually spill into Lake Jocassee.

Reflections on Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve


Contributor Michael Traufler tells us, “This photo is of Laurel Fork Creek just above Laurel Fork Falls where the creek empties into Lake Jocassee. It was taken while on a backpacking trip in May 2008. This creek has a lot of salamanders and small fish. It also happened that early May is a good time to see the Blue Ghost Fireflies that have the unique characteristic of not flashing. They emit a steady light and the woods were thick with them as soon as the sun went down. It literally looked as if someone had strung Christmas lights through the woods.”

Photographer Mark VanDyke shares some accolades received by the area as well as his personal experiences living near the Jocassee Gorges: “A big thing happened for the Upcountry of South Carolina in 2013. National Geographic released a special issue on January 1, 2013 with the title: ’50 of the World’s Last Great Places: Destinations of a Lifetime.’ The Jocassee Gorges of Pickens County, South Carolina were one of three sites chosen in North America! Jocassee, Cherokee for the phrase, ‘place of the lost one,’ was said to be one of the last mystical undisturbed areas on this planet – an area quoted as having the second highest rainfall in the continental United States (75+ inches annually), as well as one of the highest concentrations of waterfalls in the Eastern United States. I consider it a great privilege to live near the Gorges and to have had the opportunity to hike and photograph many of its wild areas.

“Virginia Hawkins Falls (aka Double Falls) are located beside the Foothills Hiking Trail within Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve along Laurel Fork Creek – a part of the 43,000+ acres of Jocassee Gorges. This area is known to have super high-quality water resources, as well as tremendous flora and fauna, including the Oconee Bell.”

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Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve Info


Address: Laurel Fork Gap, Sunset, SC 29685
GPS Coordinates: 35.05,-82.848
Website: https://www.dnr.sc.gov/mlands/managedland?p_id=13

Laurel Fork Heritage Preserve Map



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