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White Pines Nature Preserve

Part of the NC Birding Trail. Hiking trails--beautiful views of the forest and the rivers

  • Address: 548 S Rocky River Rd, Sanford Sanford, NC 27330
  • Mailing Address: Sanford, NC 27330

Sat, Nov 15, 10am - 1pm
TLC's Trail Crew at White Pines Nature Preserve

TLC’s trail crew volunteers will preserve and improve the physical and biological components of TLC’s nature preserves. This will include many of the same components found in the Conservation Corps (e.g. trail construction and maintenance, invasive species monitoring and control, basic construction and woodworking projects, general landscaping, property and equipment maintenance, and garden construction and management); however this group will meet on designated Saturdays of each month.

The first Trail Crew work day will focus on installing trail at White Pines Nature Preserve in Chatham County. This will include cutting brush and digging. All equipment will be provided. Workday is weather dependent. Please remember to dress accordingly, wear sturdy shoes and bring water. As a thank you for participating in the Trial Crew’s first workday, registered volunteers will receive a complimentary TLC water bottle (BPA free and US made). If you have questions please contact Email for questions. Reserve a spot.

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 to the Preserve
: 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.



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