Lake Conestee Nature Preserve

Pied-billed Grebe by Ventures Birding

Greenville, SC
May 5, 2021

Eastern Kingbird by Simon Thompson

Register by clicking the ‘book now’ button above, or by contacting the Ventures office. We accept credit cards for an additional fee (2.9% for MC, Visa, Discover; 3.9% for AmEx), but you may also pay by bank transfer, cash, check, or money order. This Venture is limited to 8 participants.

Departure: We will meet at the Cracker Barrel in Hendersonville, NC and then drive to Lake Conestee. The address for Cracker Barrel is: 105 Commercial Boulevard, Flat Rock, NC 28731. Alternatively, you can meet us at Lake Conestee Nature Preserve. Time: 7:30 AM at Cracker Barrel. 8:30 AM at Lake Conestee. End time around 2-3 PM. Price: $55 – Picnic lunch/refreshments currently NOT included (until further notice)


An easy spring day of birding from the trails, observation decks and boardwalks of Lake Conestee Nature Preserve. Be sure to check the forecast beforehand and dress appropriately!

On the Reedy River, just south of Greenville, South Carolina lies Lake Conestee Nature Preserve. Established in the early 1800s through the damming of the Reedy River, this 400-acre park is home to an abundance of wildlife, including deer, raccoon, fox, beaver and river otter. In September 2010 it was named an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society, in part for its wintering population of Rusty Blackbirds. 5 miles of natural and paved trails and boardwalks take visitors through a variety of habitat - mixed forest, extensive wetlands and riparian zones. Indigo Bunting, Prothonotary Warbler, Northern Parula, Common Yellowthroat, and Great Crested Flycatcher are just a few species that breed here, and there’s always a chance to catch any later migrants that are passing through. Join Kevin for a very pleasant walk through some great habitat at the peak of spring migration.