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Natural History with Rudy Mancke- Experience 40 Acre Rock


Standing atop the gigantic granitic rock, you feel on top of the world, or close to it.

On a clear day, you can seemingly see forever from the crest of Forty Acre Rock in Lancaster County, where the Sandhills meet the Piedmont.

The rock seems bigger than life, larger than its actual 14 acres. The entire Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve encompasses 2,267 acres of the most diverse protected area in the Piedmont region, including granitic flatrocks, waterslides, waterfalls, beaver pond, caves, hardwood and pine forests, and a variety of wildflowers and wildlife. The Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve & Wildlife Management Area is designated as a National Natural Landmark.


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We will meet at the park on Friday, March 21, 2014, at 10 am.  Directions will be emailed to you before the course.  Each session is limited to 40 participants.  The program will be hosted by Rudy Mancke and escorted by USC staff.

We will run these programs in all types of weather and will not postpone or cancel a program unless extreme conditions warrant.   Traveling in the backcountry can be hazardous. You are responsible for informing yourself about these hazards and taking necessary precautions.

Guests should be prepared with sunscreen, bottled water, bug spray, good walking shoes, and lunch/snacks to ensure a comfortable day.

Meet the Instructor 

 Rudy Mancke        Rudy Mancke



If you would prefer to register by phone, please contact us at (803) 777-9444.


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