Liberty Hill WMA is a great “tweener”

Wildlife openings and some large areas of loblolly pines on Liberty Hill WMA provide great public-land habitat for bobwhite quail.

Biologists Michael Hooks and Charles Ruth of the SCDNR both mentioned Liberty Hill WMA as one of their top picks because of its size, ease of accessibility and land diversity, giving hunters multiple species of big and small game that provide excellent hunting. We’ve set it aside because the area lies in both Game Zones 2 and 4.

Liberty Hill is made up of a combination of SCDNR-owned and leased properties on the Kershaw/Lancaster County line from Singleton Creek on Lake Wateree to the Cedar Creek Boat Access Area on the Catawba River.

To access Liberty Hill, take SC 97 to the Liberty Hill post office, turn onto Singleton Creek Road and proceed .1 mile. Turn right onto Wildlife Road and go about 3 miles to the parking area and informational kiosk.

Liberty Hill is situated along over 17 miles of the Catawba River and the northeastern shore of Lake Wateree. It features mature loblolly and shortleaf pines on the upland ridges, mixed pine and hardwoods along the lower hillsides and mature hardwoods along the creeks and coves of the shoreline. In addition, the property features a 1,600-acre loblolly plantation and several acres of wildlife openings, all providing habitat for numerous wildlife species, including deer, turkey and quail. Other notable non-game species found on the site include bald eagles, ospreys and wading birds, creating a diversity of wildlife species.

The topography is hilly, rising from an elevation of 225 feet at the Wateree’s shoreline to over 500 feet on the hilltops. Selective timber harvests and prescribed fire are the primary management tools utilized to improve habitat conditions. Actions also include managing the openings and meadows to provide early successional habitat and supplemental forage for wildlife.

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Award-winning writer and photographer Terry Madewell of Ridgeway, S.C., has been an outdoors writer for more than 30 years. He has a degree in wildlife and fisheries management and has a long career as a professional wildlife biologist/natural resources manager.

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