PICKENS COUNTY, SC (Aug. 10, 2018)—The scenic view from one of the most popular and iconic parks in South Carolina is now preserved forever, thanks to the Open Space Institute (OSI). The land, which also protects water quality in the nearby Saluda River, builds on OSI’s impact in the state’s Blue Ridge region.
Previously the subject of interest from an international timber company and a residential developer, the forested, 776-acre “Grassy Knob” property was purchased by OSI for $1.4 million. Adjacent to popular Table Rock State Park, the property contains plant and animal habitat as well as a scenic mountain that rises over 2,600 feet.
The acquisition builds on OSI’s impact on the region: within a few miles of the Grassy Knob property, OSI has conserved almost 2,000 acres.
"Innovative collaborative efforts like the protection of Grassy Knob represent the future of conservation in South Carolina," said Kim Elliman, president and CEO of OSI. "The Open Space Institute commends our partners, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the South Carolina Conservation Bank, Naturaland Trust and Upstate Forever, in the protection of this critical tract."