Nature at its best in Newberry County, South Carolina

Lynch’s Woods Park is what nature in the piedmont of South Carolina is all about.  Streams flowing over rocks, hardwood forests on steep slopes and upland oak-hickory-pine forests make Lynch's Woods an area with a diversity of wildlife.  As you get into the park you may see raccoon footprints, smell a May-white azalea in flower, see a scarab beetle crawling through the leaves, or hear the call of a pileated woodpecker.  Each visit brings new excitement.

Woodland abounds within the park.   The variety of habitats is what attracts hikers, joggers, bikers, picnickers, birders, and horseback riders.  Trails wander through the park and the 4.2-mile dirt/gravel road allows easy access any day of the year and seasonally allows cars to drive through. [check the park map at]

Park your car and get out for an extended visit. [directions]  The park is 286 acres and includes a parking area with restrooms, a picnic pavilion, and running water.  Recently, the Palmetto Trail, a coast to mountain hiking trail within South Carolina in the progress of construction, was opened within the park (more information on the Palmetto Trail may be obtained at

Information on the history and development of Lynch's Woods Park.
Enjoying Lynch Woods Park and making it a better place.


Lynch’s Woods Park is within the Piedmont Physiographic Province with an elevation variation from 420 to 550 feet.  The streams are the head waters of Rocky Branch, a tributary to Cannon's Creek, which eventually flow into the Broad River.  Geologically, Lynch’s Woods area has a combination of several under laying rock types, including mylonitic biotite gneiss, granotoid, and amphibolite (from Niewendorp & Clendenin, 1995).  The granotoid portions (aka granite outcrops) commonly are exposed within the park producing areas of shallow soil or exposed rock, especially along slopes and ravines. 

Based on soils surveys by students at Newberry College, much of the park is either a loam or a sandy loam.  The loam is most common on slopes; the upland and flood plain locations have sandier soils.  The Newberry County Soil Survey (published by the USDA in 1960) states that most of the park is of the Enon Soil Group, a sandy loam.  Historically, the sandy soils have long been a the nemesis of Newberry County as evidenced by severe erosion.  Gullies are present within the park and some erosion within these gullies continues, as seen just south of the parking area.

A monthly photographic journal is being developed, 2007-2009. 
Have a look.


Follow in a photo log as Girl Scout Troop 930 work to renovate the scout camp near the 1 mile marker.

A wide variety of organisms live in the park.  Check them out.
Plants (Botany)  |  Animals (Zoology)  |  Fungi (future)

This site developed and maintained by Dr. Charles Horn, Professor of Biology, Newberry College - created 19 December 2005, updated 31 January 2009
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