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Plan a Visit

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General Info

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset daily

FREE Admission: $3 per person suggested donation

 

Conestee Nature Preserve is owned and operated by a nonprofit. Donations go directly to the Preserve and its programs.

Join Friends of the Preserve! You'll cover your admission donation for the year, enjoy great perks, and support CNP!

Getting Around

Check out our comprehensive trail map of Conestee Nature Preserve!

The trail map includes route colors, specific features on each route, trailhead locations, and route descriptions outlining key details on each the routes.

Mobile Guide

Try our mobile guide! Be sure to enable location services. Features include an interactive map to show your location and inspire new destinations, fun on the trail, news on what's happening, ways to get involved, links to our store and more! Content is updated often so check back in! Best viewed on a mobile device.

Plan Your Route

With its diverse habitats and varied trails, we offer many opportunities for discovery. Our trail guide has broad descriptions of our routes so you can plan the perfect visit. Trails range from flat, paved surfaces suitable for all mobility levels, to steep natural paths. Your trip can be tailored to match any experience you seek.

Entrances and Parking

This 640-acre Nature Preserve has five entrances, so your first decision is where to start your exploration!

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River (Main) Entrance

840 Mauldin Road, Greenville SC

Park in the largest lot in Conestee Park by the pavilion, dog park, and playground, and access Conestee Nature Preserve through the arch across the grassy field beside the playground. Popular destinations include West Bay Observation Deck. 

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Guidelines for Visiting

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The "DUH" List

It should go without saying, but please don’t do these things in our heavily trafficked, privately owned Nature Preserve: feed wildlife, hunt, play amplified music, drive a motorized vehicle, fly a drone, consume alcohol, camp, or carry a weapon.

Group Visits (10+ Visitors)

We want to be sure your visit does not conflict with other happenings at the Preserve. If you are planning to walk the Preserve with a large group, please register in advance by sending an email to info@consteepreserve.org. If you are planning a picnic, party, or meeting, please see our venue rentals page.

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Bikes

Outside of the Brushy Creek Tract where our Mountain Bike Trails are found, bikes are allowed only on our paved trails.

No Fishing

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Legacy Contamination

In the distant past, Lake Conestee was a receptacle for Greenville’s industrial waste. While that waste poses no risk to normal users of the Preserve, it does necessitate the prohibition of fishing, boating, and swimming.

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Dogs

We welcome leashed dogs on all of our trails! Please clean up after your dogs.

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Photographers

Please take as many photos as you’d like of the natural beauty at CNP! If, however, you are a professional photographer having a session at Conestee, please contact us to coordinate and to confirm there aren't other planned uses in the area. And we love it when photographers share their work with us!!

Fishing of any kind is prohibited in our Preserve.

Highlights and Features

MTB@CNP

Take a ride on the wild side with this 3+ mile trail network sponsored by REI. These are on our lesser known Brushy Creek lands to the north of the Preserve, with parking at 415 Churchill Circle. 

 

Find out more information by clicking the link below!

Coming soon:
Nature Playscape

“Our challenge isn’t so much to teach children about the natural world, but to find ways to sustain the instinctive connections they already carry.”

Terry Krautwurst

Learn more about the exciting new playground coming to Conestee!

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Fun ways to select a route

Coming soon: Trail Quiz

Take our trail quiz to help find the perfect hike for you!

 

Don't know which route to take? Our knowledgeable staff at Conestee each have their own favorite routes for you to check out and explore!

Trail Updates
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Trail Closures and Repairs

The boardwalk on the yellow and green routes along West Bay will be closed starting on Wednesday, June 5 for reconstruction. This closure prevents visitors from completing the green and yellow loops. Please account for this closure before beginning your hike or bike ride. See this map for details.

 

One bridge on the Gray Trail (a portion of the Swamp Rabbit Trail) on the Brushy Creek Tract is currently closed. 

Want the latest information on trail closures while you’re in the Preserve? In addition to following Conestee Nature Preserve on Facebook and Instagram for announcements and signing up for the monthly Newsletter, the Interactive Map on our Mobile Guide is the best way to get all the information you need! (Best viewed on a phone.) Be sure to allow it to use your current location.

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Flat Tail Fund

Just like Conestee’s beavers, staff is relentless in maintaining the trails, decks, and boardwalks you enjoy in the Preserve, even when floodwaters rise, trees fall, or other damage occurs. But your help is needed! With your monthly support through Flat Tail Fund, the Trails Team can always be ready “when the dam breaks!"

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