North Carolina Educational State Forest
North Carolina Educational State Forests consist of seven state
forests; each has its own educational centers, trained rangers and
trails. Clemmons, located in Johnston County, is the first of North
Carolina's Educational State Forest when it opened in 1977. It is
situated between Piedmont and Coastal Plain, featuring outdoor
workshops, picnic facilities, classes and three guided trails: Forest
Geology Trail, Talking Tree Trail and Forest Demonstration Trail.
Holmes is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Henderson County.
Visitors will experience a beautiful mixture of flora, consisting of
hardwoods and wildflowers. Group camping is one of the most sought
activities in the area. It is also home to the butternut study site,
which aims to protect the butternut, specie of hardwood that has been
diminishing in number because of fungal infection.
One of the newest members of the Educational State Forest system is the
Jordan Lake located at Chatham County. Tranquility is one of the best
thing that the forest can offer to visitors, with the magnificent sound
winds rustling on trees and the sight of deer, birds, squirrels and
beavers. The area includes a shelter to accommodate large groups. One of
the featured projects in the area is the construction of the Lowlands
Trail that will soon give visitors for a more up-close look at the
ecosystem. Mountain Island shares territories from Lincoln and Gaston
counties and takes on water quality in the forest as it point of
concentration. The forest is the source of water to one out of every
twelve residents of North Carolina. Some of its forest partners are the
Clean Water Management Trust Fund of North Carolina, Natural Resources
Conservation Service and the Duke Power Company.
The area is currently under construction but will open soon to cater
visitors once again. The Rendezvous Mountain in Wikes County is located along the Blue
Ridge Mountains. It shares the same features as that of the earlier
State Forest, although it features a natural amphitheater where visitors
can organize events and special sessions and a logging history
demonstration trail. One of its focus projects is the restoration of
Purlear Creak Stream.
Popular for the mystery land formations in the area, the Turnbull Creek
in Bladen County is located in the coastal plain region of the state.
Some of its additional exhibits include Naval Stores Exhibit and Fire
Control Exhibit. Its current project is the restoration of the Longleaf
pine which drastically declined in the past two centuries because of
continuous logging and wildfire. Last in the list of Educational State
Forests is Tuttle Forest located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge
Mountains. It features a variety of pine and other trees, as well as
clear streams. Aside from guided trails and ranger conducted classes,
visitors can surely enjoy the mountain view while relaxing at the