Loop 1: Station 1
Introduction to LCNP and Forrester Farm
Lake Conestee Nature Park (LCNP) is 400+ acres of forests, fields, waters, and wetlands owned by the Conestee Foundation. LCNP provides a wild, natural place to experience nature, learn about the environment, exercise, and enjoy the outdoors. LCNP includes the former Lake Conestee and three former farms. The park is mostly forested, and about half of the park is wetlands, sloughs, or streams. A small part is upland meadows and fields.
Over three miles of the Reedy River flow through the park. Native Americans traveled this corridor and hunted here. These lands and waters played a vital role in the early agricultural and industrial development of Greenville County.
This Learning Loop includes ten Learning Stations on the old Forrester Farm. This loop begins in a meadow ecosystem, then traverses a mature forest, the edge of Lake Conestee, and the riparian forest along the Reedy.
Where does our water go?
Most of Greenville County is in the Saluda River watershed, of which the Reedy River is the secondary stream. These rivers run together to form Lake Greenwood, about 50 miles southeast of Greenville. From there the Saluda flows on to Columbia, joins the Congaree, and ultimately flows into the Atlantic as part of the Santee basin.
- Click here to download a complete trail map (PDF) or click the image at right to download a map of this learning loop only.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of our sponsors in making this learning station possible.