The state’s newest hunting preserve is now open in Lancaster County. The state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the 8,000-acre Liberty Hill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) officially opened last week.
The WMA is made up of a combination of DNR owned and leased properties, spanning from Lancaster County to the Catawba River. DNR bought Liberty Hill Farms in Apri for $4.5 million from The Conservation Fund.
Situated along over 17 miles of the northeastern shore of Lake Wateree and the Catawba River, the WMA is dominated by mature loblolly and shortleaf pines on the upland ridges. In addition, several acres of wildlife openings exist on the property, all providing habitat for numerous wildlife species, including white-tailed deer, turkey, bobwhite quail and songbirds.
DNR made significant improvements to several miles of roads on the Lancaster County portion of the WMA to enhance visitor safety.
“It is probably the largest block of undeveloped property that is left along the Catawba River corridor,” DNR’s Deputy Director of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries division, Emily Cope, told South Carolina Radio Network. “That in itself is very significant. But it’s also got some unique geologic rock outcrops. It’s got good wildlife habitat. And protecting this land will provide a good buffer at the upper portion of Lake Wateree.”