Clemson Experimental Forest Issaqueena Lake Area 2
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Wandering Spirits
N 34° 44.614 W 082° 50.235
17S E 331816 N 3846143
Quick Description: Clemson Experimental Forest Issaqueena Lake Area 2
Location: South Carolina, United States
Date Posted: 3/23/2008 11:28:20 AM
Waymark Code: WM3EBW
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member johmer79
Views: 46

Long Description:

A short ways from this entrance there is a creek crossing the road. There is a pedestrian bridge that crosses the creek. If you have reservations about crossing the creek in your vehicle go to the other entrance. I saw a Camaro cross this creek with no difficulty. I had no problems with my 2x4 Ford Ranger (multiple times of course). However I would not even think about crossing in my wifes car. The entry and exit angle are a bit steep for many cars. The water this day was about 8 inches deep.

The following information is from (visit link) 1785 -Treaty of Hopewell The Treaty is negotiated in General Andrew Pickens’ front yard. His plantation becomes known as Hopewell Plantation. 1789 -Pendleton County is established Pendleton County contains the lands of the present day counties of Oconee, Pickens and Anderson. 1800 - Transportation lines are established. Wagon roads followed Native American paths. The remnants of the old stage road named the Keowee Trail are located within the Experimental Forest. April 6, 1888, - Thomas Green Clemson dies. In his will, Thomas Green Clemson, gives $80,000 and Fort Hill Plantation to South Carolina for the establishment of Clemson College. 1889 - Governor Richardson signed the bill accepting Thomas Clemson's gift By Governr Richardson's signing og the bill, the Clemson Agricultural College was established. The trustees of the College became custodians of the Morrill Act which set the framework for the establishment and operation of the Clemson Experimental Forest. 1893 -Clemson College opens. 1860 to 1930 -Cotton dominanted agricultural crop Land owners ruined the land through mass clearing of hillsides due to the lack of land rotation, contour plowing, fertilization, and a general attitude that land was expendable, cheap, and easily purchasable. Cotton was first dominant agricultural crop. 1909 to 1930 -Corn dominated Bad erosion problems led to land’s vast decline. 1911 -Farm Loan Act passed Farm Act provides for the establishment of federal land banks under Treasury Department supervision. 1914 -World War I begins. 1916 -Federal Farm Loan Act passes. Act provides for low interest credit to farmers. October 29, 1929 - "Black Tuesday" R ecorded sales of shares hits 16,410,000. New York Times index of industrial stocks drops nearly forty points, the worst drop in Wall Street history to that point. 1930s - Farms were abandoned. 1933 - The "New Deal" The Roosevelt Administration begins the “New Deal” programs. These new initiatives included agricultural programs and enabled visionary Dr. George Aull to improve land conditions and assist in improving the lives of others. 1934, Farmland purchased under Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act. The federal government began to establish a program that was focused on the purchase of nearly 75 million acres of sub-marginal farmland throughout the country. This farmland was to be purchased under the provisions of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act. August 7, 1934 – Dr. Aull’s proposal is accepted. The proposal to the federal government is accepted under the condition that future ownership and management of the land be guaranteed. September 1934 – Land was acquired. Over 200+ parcels of land were acquired totaling nearly 30,000 acres at $13 per acre. 1939 -Clemson COllege took over supervision of acquired land. Clemson College officially took over supervision of the property under a 95 year cooperative and license agreement with the federal government. 1946 - The first Clemson Experimental Forest Manager was hired. The College hires its first forest manager, Norman B. Goebel. 1954 - The Clemson Land Utilization Lands were deeded to Clemson College. The Clemson Land Utilization Lands (27,400 acres) were deeded to Clemson College for $1 with the help of Strom Thurmond and Charles Daniel, both S.C. Senators. 1955 - Public Law 237 passed. Public Law 237 provided a means to sell or exchange lands within the forest property boundaries. 1956 - Proposal to construct Lake Hartwell and the Hartwell Dam. The Army Corp of Engineers proposed to construct Lake Hartwell and the Hartwell Dam. Clemson harvested $167,000 worth of timber from the proposed lake bed and the Army Corp compensated Clemson $73,000 for the project. 1970 -Trail construstion in the Clemson Experimental Forest. Beginning in the 70s and continuing through the 90s, equestrian, mountain biking and hiking trails were established throughout the Forest. 1976 -National Forest Management Act and Federal Land Policy Act are passed. 1978, Dr. Bob Allen requested that the Land Utilization Committee “…explore the possibility of how to best develop the overall management of the Forest in such a way that management is a research project in itself.” Dr. Allen’s ideas were put into policy under the leadership of Mr. Larry Reamer and helped create the Management Alternatives Research Project (MARP), which contains the primary guidelines for the management of the Forest. 1998, The Collaborative Adaptive Management Team (CAMT) was established to monitor the CEF Trail System. 1999, Under the supervision of Mr. Knight Cox, Dr. Gene Wood, using current GPS technology, remapped the existing trail system. This data was then plotted on GIS maps to create existing trial maps.
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 17,500 acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
The part of the trail system I observed is well kept with easy to moderate terrain.

What points of interest are there?:
Dam, scenic spots, hiking.

What activities are available?:
Biking, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, four wheeling, boating.

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
Dam, snakes, alligators.

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: No

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.:
The only permit required is a state fishing license if you are fishing.

Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

Hours of accessibility?: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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