Clemmons State Forest, Clayton NC

One last place before I move on to Texas. For a Quick hike early before work or late after getting off, I loved my hometown hiking venue, Clemmons State Forest. It was hilly, the trails were good ,about 5 miles worth, I knew it like the back of my hand and it was close only ten minutes from home if you hit all three traffic lights red.

Clemmons was an educational state forest and home of the talking trees! Along the kids trail were stations where you pushed a button and the trees would talk about themselves. Pretty neat for kids.

But I liked the forest Demo trail and the watershed trail. These were where you could clock some miles.

I always got a kick outta this sign 2 hrs to do 3 miles HA!

Two hours to do three miles. I did the Watershed Loop many times in just under an hour. See the thing about Clemmons is that it was a day use area. Guess this sign was a reminder that the staff wanted to go home at 5PM when the park closed.

water crossing

The watershed Loop had two water crossings. The first was this log the second was a couple of rocks. They built a bridge at one time but the floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew washed it aside. Nate and I had planned to go and move it back but we never got to it.

Another feature at Clemmons was the oldest tree in the park. This huge loblloly pine was planted in 1892.

Also at Clemmons was a pretty unique “Y” bridge.

“Y” bridge

Near the bridge was a spring that flowed from the rock.

Ah Clemmons I loved that little park.

If a tree falls………….
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