Naturaland Trust and Upstate Forever have succeeded in protecting one of South Carolina’s most special places—the 1,648-acre Nine Times Forest in Pickens County. An ecological jewel, the property contains three mountains of stunning granite outcroppings as wells as streams, creeks and stands of hardwoods. Located in close proximity to Jocassee Gorges, the tract also provides exceptional habitat for bear and other wildlife. The project was made possible with funding from Duke Energy, Alice and Fred Stanback, US Forest Service, and SC Conservation Bank. This purchase completes, along with Nine Times Preserve, the protection of historic Nine Times, for a total of 2,208 acres.
Photo: Mac Stone