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The two RV Gypsies at
Bald Rock Heritage Preserve
in Cleveland, South Carolina
May 22, 2013 and January 27, 2021

While driving from Caesars Head State Park, the two RV Gypsies noticed a small pull-off on the east side of U.S. 276 about five miles from the park headquarters. The big attraction here is Bald Rock, a natural scenic overlook offering a stunning view of the surrounding mountains.

 

Below: The view from the side of the bridge at Bald Rock Heritage Preserve. This sign cannot be seen from the road, so it is easy to drive by here and miss out on seeing Bald Rock.

view from bridge at Blald Rock Heritage Preserve
Bald Rock Heritage Preserve sign

Below: The view from the other side of the bridge.

view from the other side of the bridge at Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

A wooden footbridge near the parking area led the two RV Gypsies to a huge rock outcropping the size of a football field.

Lee Duquette on the bridge at  Bald Rock Heritage Preserve
the bridge at Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

The summit is so large, you can enjoy the panorama without feeling the slightest bit apprehensive, even if you have a fear of heights, which the two RV Gypsies do not.

panorama of Bald Rock and Karen Duquette

Part of the Bald Rock Heritage Preserve, the outcropping known as Bald Rock, overlooks the foothills of Pickens and Greenville counties and South Carolina’s signature natural attraction; the mammoth granite dome known as Table Rock.

Bald Rock
Bald Rock

Below: The two RV Gypsies enjoyed the view of Table Rock in the far distance as they stood on the top of Bald Rock.

the view of Table Rock taken from the top of Bald Rock
the view of Table Rock taken from the top of Bald Rock

Managed by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the preserve lies within the Mountain Bridge Wilderness area and spans 165 acres. The rock outcropping is surrounded by a forest of pines and hardwoods. Lichens and mosses have colonized portions of the rock, creating pockets and cracks in the granite.

panorama of Bald Rock and Karen Duquette

Unfortunately, the rock also features graffiti, most of it of the “Jack loves Judy” variety. But you won’t find much in the way of litter thanks to a beautification project initiated by the DNR, the state’s Department of Transportation and volunteers.

panorama of Bald Rock

The two RV Gypsies stopped at Bald Rock again in 2021 because they were driving past it. because they had been here already and it was a rotten, dreary day, they did not take many pictures.

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve sign Lee Duquette on the entry bridge
creek and sign creek

As seen below, there was no view of the valley on this date as there was in 2013 above.

Lee Duquette - no view flag on the rocks
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Lake Hartwell State Park
in Anderson, South Carolina

Millwood Park
The Big Peach water tower
in Gaffney, S.C.

Raven Cliff Falls
Caesars Head State Park
in Cleveland, S.C.

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve
in Cleveland S.C.

 

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