Anderson Rock Quarry: Thrill-seekers visit Winnsboro to cliff jump

Anderson Rock Quarry
Anderson Rock Quarry

The Anderson Rock Quarry, which produced some of the world’s finest blue granite from 1898 through 1946, has now become a diving spot discovered by adventure-seekers in the quiet town of Winnsboro.

The Winnsboro Granite Co. quarried and shipped the “beautiful blue” for many years to cities and towns across the country where it was then used in building construction.

This light-blue or gray-colored stone was used for many of the nation’s most elaborate structures, including the Flat-Iron Building in New York and the Land Title and Trust Building in Philadelphia.

Today, all that remains of the once prosperous operation is decaying machinery and a disused rock quarry that is filled with emerald-green water.

According to locals, the quarry is privately owned and not open to the public, but that hasn’t stopped thrill-seekers from visiting it.

While illegal, cliff diving at Anderson Rock Quarry Lake, has become a popular spot for jumps from 20, 30, 40, 50, 65, and 80 feet.

If you are a cliff jumper, use common sense. People have died from cliff jumping; even from a low height. Others have altered the rest of their lives due to injuries obtained from cliff jumping.

Jumping from cliffs can be incredible fun but always check what lies beneath the surface before jumping.