366 acres in mountains will be protected

GREENVILLE - A conservation agreement has been reached to protect 336 acres in the mountains.

The Greenville News reported the preservation group Upstate Forever announced the agreement Thursday for the land next to Oconee State Park and the Sumter National Forest.

The John Ivester family owns the tract, which is part of Rose Hill Farms. The agreement will protect the land from future development. The land will remain in private hands.

The land includes seven tributaries of Oconee Creek and access to the 50-foot-high Lee Falls in the Sumter National Forest. It includes rolling hills and steep ravines descending into hayfields and pastures.

Jacqueline Oliver with Upstate Forever said there are plans for a public hiking trail to provide access to the waterfall.