I knew there was an area right around the corner that was protected but I had no idea that the house I was showing potential clients was right across the street from 178 acres of protected forestland. (The 2500sq/ft house is awesome and still available hint hint!). What I found was a nature preserve in my backyard that I can't wait to introduce to my son. It's called the Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve.
Here are the facts for all you bird and rare plant lovers out there!
This 178.7 acre preserve offers a 1.25 mile hiking trail that includes many diverse of habitats. The habitats range from grassy fields to brushy fields to upland pine-hardwoods to bottomland hardwoods. You can see grasshopper sparrows, blue grosbeaks, indigo buntings, bluebirds, cardinals and quail (to name just a few species). The trail forms a large loop starting and ending at opposite sides of the parking area. Be advised that poison ivy and dog ticks are abundant. (Please see my former post on how to cure poison ivy!)
This property was purchased to protect the federally endangered Bunched Arrowhead plant. Dainty aint it?
. The property is frequently used for research projects by nearby Furman University faculty and students.
And the trail is great. Beware of the bikers and enjoy this bit of peace and quiet in the unknown backyard of Travelers Rest in the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains!
There are more endangered species out there and we're all trying to do our part to raise awareness so each Friday I will blog on the environment and how Travelers Rest and the Upstate of Greenville, SC is doing it's part to help our mother earth!
God Bless and have a great weekend!