Destinations that could be linked by the Carolina Thread Trail:
Andrew Jackson State Park combines history, art and community activities into a setting that has made it one of the S.C. State Park Service’s most popular attractions.
The only park in the system dedicated to a U.S. president, Andrew Jackson State Park features a museum that details the boyhood of the nation’s seventh president, who grew up here in what then was known as the Waxhaws of the South Carolina backcountry.
A striking highlight of the park grounds is the bold equestrian statue of “Old Hickory” sculpted by Anna Hyatt Huntington of Brookgreen Gardens fame. Living history programs with docents in period garb are included in the park’s programming.
196 Andrew Jackson Park Road
Lancaster, SC 29720
Flat Creek Natural Area is located at the transition zone between the piedmont and inner coastal plain of South Carolina. This 1,324-acre property, which features Forty Acre Rock, is registered as a National Natural Landmark. Granite flatrocks, diabase dike, waterslide, waterfall, cave, beaver pond, piedmont cove forest, piedmont flood plain, chestnut oak forest, upland pine/hardwood, and other habitats and communities make the Flat Creek Heritage Preserve the most diverse protected area in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina.
40 Acre Rock Heritage Preserve
40 Acre Rock Heritage Preserve is home to a unique 14-acre rock outcropping and 1,567 acres of the most diverse protected area in the Piedmont region, including granite flatrocks, waterslide, waterfall, beaver pond, cave, hardwood and pine forests, and a variety of wildflowers and wildlife. The Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve is designated as a National Natural Landmark.
SC Department of Natural Resources
Heritage Trust Program
Hanging Rock Battleground is located in Heath Springs, South Carolina. According to palmettoconservation.org the site was home to both Revolutionary War battles of Hanging Rock. Additionally, the house on site was the home place of former SC Congressman J.P. Richards, who was chairman of the House Foreign Relations Committee during the Eisenhower Administration. Union General William T. Sherman camped on the grounds during the Civil War, and the owner has letters posted by Sherman from the house. Sherman’s officers stayed in the house, but the General preferred to camp in a tent with his men.