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This short hiking trail is located east of Whitmire. It leads to Jew's Harp Spring.

This trail is located on the Enoree Ranger District, east of Whitmire. The spring was used to provide water for a nearby plantation, called Orange Hall, in the 1800's. Nothing but scattered bricks of the house remain today.

The name of the spring is derived from its shape - that of a Jew's harp. It was carved from a solid piece of granite by J.E. Sherman in the 1860's. Water from the ground comes into a hole in the center of the circular section. It then drains through a groove that runs from the bowl down toward the creek. The water, which flows at the rate of 3 1/2 gallons per minute, never overflows the sides but keeps the bowl filled at all times. The 6-inch deep bowl is sheltered by another granite slab and is surrounded on three sides by other stones.

Directions: From Whitmire, Travel northeast on US Hwy. 72/121 to State Road 45 (Maybinton Road). Turn right (south) and drive 4.4 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 393 and drive 0.4 miles to Collins Creek Campground.

Distance: 0.2 miles

Difficulty: Easy

 
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Sumter National Forest, South Carolina


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