TLC’s flagship property is the first purchased and the most biologically significant. Home of a federally endangered fish and plant species. Located at the confluence of the Deep and Rocky rivers, White Pines is a great place to hike. The preserve supports several stands of white pines, a tree that is normally found in the cooler mountain region of North Carolina. Many other mountain plants and wildflowers including Catawba rhododendron grow at White Pines, too. The hiking trails offer beautiful views of the forest and the rivers. The Gilbert Yager Trail explores the southern portion of the preserve, meandering through several distinct forest types: dry oak-hickory forest on the ridge, Piedmont bottomland forest in the Deep River floodplain, and several stands of native white pines. Part of the NC Birding Trail.
- Directions: From the traffic circle in Pittsboro, head south on NC 87. After 7 miles, you will cross the Rocky River and then go another mile up the hill where you should turn left on River Forks Road (SR 1958). Take an immediate right and this road will turn to gravel after 1.2 miles. At mile 1.6, go right at the stop sign. The road veers left after 0.6 miles (but you will see a driveway that veers right). Go another 0.3 miles to the trailhead/parking area.