Lake Conestee Nature Park, Conestee

#116 of 196 in Wildlife in South Carolina
Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
Lake Conestee Nature Park consists of over 400 acres of beautiful natural habitat on the Reedy River just 6 miles south of downtown Greenville, South Carolina. This wildlife sanctuary contains hardwood and mixed forests, extensive wetlands, 3 miles of the Reedy River, and a rich diversity of wildlife habitat. Deer, raccoon, beaver, fox, river otter, and various small mammals inhabit the park, along with numerous species of reptiles and amphibians. As of October 2017, 215 bird species have been reported by the Greenville County Bird Club. The park has over 12 miles of trails and boardwalks, over half of which are wheelchair friendly. LCNP offers nature education programs to schools and other organizations, as well as special Saturday nature programs. The park has been designated as an Important Bird Area of Global Significance by the National Audubon Society. Historic Lake Conestee and the Lake Conestee Dam are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, along with parts of Conestee Mill.

The Mission of the Conestee Foundation is to sustain the nature park as a sanctuary for humans and wildlife alike, an asset to the Upstate community, an extraordinary green oasis where kids and families can learn about nature, and enjoy the many benefits of being outdoors and active.
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  • Walked from main entrance across river-otter bridge and to conestee dam. Lots of water fowl and a great blue heron at the heron spur. Two large Pileated woodpeckers and another heron at South Bay...  more »
  • Having a beautiful day to hike in Lake Conestee Nature Park is a bonus, but you can have an awesome experience here at any time! There are numerous trails, interconnected, that are teeming with...  more »
  • Gorgeous wildlife and beautiful park. Found this pretty copperhead while on a hike there a few weeks ago. Remember, there is no such snake as a bad (native) snake. This snake did not bother me, nor did I bother him. You are a visitor in their home. Enjoy their beauty and respect their space. I've also spotted Virginia Virginia opossums, many turtles (plus a snapping turtle laying her eggs!), birds of prey, a raccoon sleeping on a log, a beaver, and so many other interesting animals. This is a great place to nature watch, with so many secluded boardwalks out in the marshy areas. Go exploring today.
  • Great place to enjoy God’s creation. You never know what you will see while you are there. Sometimes it’s an Egret and then another day its Herons. Lots of easy trails, which are designed to observe nature. There are restrooms at the entrance but there are none within the actual park.

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