Trail Run: Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve, Landrum, SC
A friend of mine introduced me to a new trail this morning. The main trail at the Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve climbs around 500’ over about 2 miles as is works its way up Squirrel Mountain, then plunges 400’ down to the Upper Pacolet River in 3/4 of a mile. The preserve is limited to foot traffic only and is used mainly by hunters and hikers, but the lack of vehicles, mountain bikes, and horses makes for super smooth trails with very little mud.
The trail is 2.75 miles from the trailhead to the river, but there were a handful of unmarked foot and game trails that we didn’t have time to explore. The scenery was beautiful, even at the beginning of winter due to a few scenic views of Glassy Mountain from the northern side of the ridge and numerous large boulders scattered along the mountainside.
This was one of the best maintained trails that I’ve run on in a long time. We were here on New Year’s Day and only saw 3 small groups of hikers. It’s definitely worth a return trip, especially for getting in some hill climbing training, because there were almost no flat sections on this trail at all.
(C) 2014 Benjamin McKamey