Mars Bluff Crater

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Do not attempt to find this place. We have spent the last jour and a 1/2 trampling yhet ough tic infeasted woods Looking for it and it is nowhere to be found. Once you have been hunting for over an hour for a crater, everything starts looking like a crater. The road is full of huge potholes and very big weeds that are about as tall as your car at some points. It is also dotted with open sewers that have ladders to crawl down into them. There are no manhole covers over them. so if walking it you could fall in one and if driving you could easily get your tire caught in 1. The place is littered with cans and bottles in a mattress and sofas and remnants of camp fires. But after our exhaustive search, the crater remains elusive. We love to hunt down destinations from this website and explore, but this one is not recommended.

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Yeesh! I’m sorry to hear that you had such terrible time trying to find the crater. Thanks for the warning!

We found it!! If you ever want to check it out drive to 4770 Lucius Circle on the Francis Marion Forest division. Park on TNT street in front of the cream colored house (4770) and walk to the left of the house (southwest side) . About ten yards into the woods you will see signs and the crater. Very easy!

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Ha! I’m glad it you were able to finally get there!

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You guys rule. That is some next level searching. Amazing!

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I live a few miles from this site so if I can offer any assistance or information about the area I’d be glad to do so. I can recommend accommodations, dining, etc.

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I thought so- unfortunately, we didn’t get out as thought we were trespassing. Thanks for the information.

I just stopped there yesterday (4/23/21) and was able to find the crater after about a half-hour of wandering around… Part of the problem was Waze showed it located at a pond that looked like a HUGE crater located at the 90 degree right turn in Crater Rd… Then I ran into a guy walking his dog and he said that was it, the bomb was still there… I decided to go look for the spot Google Maps showed and I eventually found it there…
The directions given say “When you get to a gate leading out of the trailer park”, but that appears to now be blocked with concrete barriers to keep people from crossing over to an apartment complex… But right at that corner, I saw an overgrown path leading into a thick patch of something, maybe kudzu… I brought my machete just in case and I’m glad I did because the path disintegrated near the woodline… I cut it out to the woods and exited thru a crashed down tree into woods where it cleared up… Right inside the woods were the remnants of brick piers, so I figured I was on the right trail… There was a deep dried up stream bed, about 8’-10’ (which runs parallel to most of Crater Rd. between the road and the fields behind it), nothing you’d want to try to jump or climb down, but after looking around a little bit, I found a solid wooden bridge crossing over it that was completely safe to walk on, I cut the overgrowth from the bridge for the next explorer and crossed it… Right on the other side, I found a small green highway-type sign with white letters that said “Foundation of Walter Gregg Home”… Just behind that sign was a large stack of cinder blocks… I could see the houses in the development to the east and a farm field to the west, I continued north and actually walked past the crater site because I was trying to stay away from the houses, but found it on the way back… It literally sits right on the edge of someone’s backyard and has a 6’ wooden fence to divide the two… The big bomb marker is there as well as a small observation platform as well as a large covered information board with lots of information and newspaper headlines… I also saw a well-worn path leading into the backyards between the houses, but there’s zero fun in using that path…
Crater Rd. is cratered with huge potholes and there are open manholes, but I easily managed it with a car… I opened the path better than I found it, but bring a machete just to be safe…
On a side note, there were fresh survey markers along the back edge of the old mobile home park, not sure if that means things are about to change or not, just want to mention it… There was also a hot pink “39” sprayed on the road near where I entered the brush…
It was fun and I enjoyed the challenge, well worth the effort…