We are wrapping up our county tour and knocked out seven counties this past weekend. There was lots of driving involved to get to these counties. The visits were generally characterized by interesting geological formations and history lessons. This post will highlight the first four that we visited.
Point of Interest: Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve
The Peachtree Rock is a large rock that was created by the Atlantic Ocean when the coastline was in the Midlands. The bottom portion of the rock eroded more quickly creating a triangle rock that balanced on its tip. It has since fallen over in 2013 and now sits on its side. Within a few feet of the rock is the midlands only natural waterfall.
The trail was well kept and easy for all three girls to hike on. Avery and Leslie especially enjoyed exploring the large rocks around the falls and wanted to keep walking the trails that went toward the back on the park.
Point of Interest: Brown’s Mountain in Kings Mountain National Military Park
Kings Mountain National Military Park covers three counties and is located in two states. Brown’s Mountain is part of Cherokee County. We checked out the visitor center and learned that there are only two Revolutionary War National Battlefield Parks in the country. The visitor center was impressive with a large theater and museum. We decided to hike the 1.5 mile trail. The trail lead us through the woods with different monuments and plaques describing the battle that took place many years ago. There were two very large monuments, one of which looked like a mini Washington Monument along the way. This stop was a great history lesson! Plus, the girls were able to stamp their handmade passport books with the “official” park stamp.
Point of Interest: Hereford Hills Ranch
This county was a little bit of a disappointment since our planned stop was closed for renovations. The Hereford Hills Ranch is a cattle farm that raises grass feed cattle on a rotating pasture to ensure they are always well feed. They also advertise a distillery. When we drove up we were greeted by many large, loud dogs and informed they were closed. So we continued on our “tour” to the next county to meet up with some friends. Had we had more time, we might have visited the Piedmont Physics Garden.
Point of Interest: South Carolina Railroad Museum
We were fortunate to have some old friends join us on our visit to Fairfield County. We met our friends at The South Carolina Railroad Museum in Winnsboro which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Actual train rides are offered throughout the summer months, as well as special themed rides (Easter Bunny, Santa, Valentines). We toured one of the trains which was set up as a passenger train. The kids enjoyed peaking into the different rooms and running down the narrow hallways. We had an extra treat of being allowed to checkout the double decker train that was getting ready for a special Valentine’s train ride that evening. In the museum, they had a great kids area that the girls could color, build with blocks, and stamp their papers with a train stamp.
The next three counties visited during this weekend where Chester, Lancaster, and Chesterfield which will be in part two of this post!