Two rescued after becoming lost at Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve
Edmund, SC (Paul Kirby) – Two people had to be rescued by firefighters Friday afternoon after becoming lost while hiking in the Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve. Firefighters and EMTs responded Friday afternoon after the county’s communication center received a call that the hikers were unable to find their way back to the road and parking area.
Rescuers from Sharpe’s Hill, Edmund, and South Congaree, and one of the county’s ambulances, as well as an EMS supervisor were dispatched to provide assistance in the event that one of the people or rescuers was injured or overcome by the heat and humidity. Eventually, firefighters located the lost people about a mile into the preserve and were able to lead them back to safety. Neither was injured as a result of their mishap.
According to the website scgreatoutdoors.com, Peachtree Rock Heritage Preserve or the “Peachtree Rock Nature Preserve" is a property of approximately 460 acres in southern Lexington County. It is a diverse ecosystem ranging from mountainous to desert-like plant communities. Several hiking trails highlight the interesting and unusual scenery. Its entrance is located at the intersection of SC Hwy 6 and Peachtree Rock Road.
Although the trails are marked, it is not uncommon for people who are enjoying the preserve to get lost throughout the year.