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Florence Nature Preserve
Florence Nature Preserve, owned by CMLC and located in Gerton, is a special treasure in the upper Hickory Nut Gorge. The 600-acre property was donated to CMLC in two phases (1996 and 2001) by Dr. Tom and Glenna Florence. CMLC leads hikes here twice a year. Visitors are also welcome to visit the property on their own.
For a history of this project, read this article.
For a map of the property showing hiking trails, click here.
New and Improved Access to Florence Nature Preserve!
CMLC is excited to announce that a new trailhead for the Florence Nature Preserve is now open to the public. Located directly on Highway 74A, the new trailhead offers convenient and scenic public access to the Florence Nature Preserve and the developing Hickory Nut Gorge Trail System.
Click here to enter your address and receive turn-by-turn directions to the the trailhead. GPS users may enter N35.4734, W-82.3320 in their units. Off of Highway 74A, the grassy parking area is most recognizable by a rock wall and stone chimney. Park here, making sure to leave space for other vehicles. The trail begins to the left of the chimney at the far end of the rock wall.
The new trailhead is the only point of public access to Florence Nature Preserve. When preparing for your trip to the Preserve, please plan on using this access because Kelly Hill Road and the trailheads off of it (red and blue) are now closed.
Located approximately 0.9 miles east of the Hickory Nut Gorge Community Center, the new trailhead allows for more vehicle parking and provides a more scenic route of entry into the Preserve.