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Clemmons Educational State Forest, Clayton

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Clemmons Educational State Forest is a 825acre North Carolina State Forest in Clayton. It is North Carolina's first educational state forest, and it is operated by the North Carolina Forest Service. The site features self-guided nature trails with audio exhibit stations, the Forestry Exhibit Center with interactive exhibits about the ecology of forests, soil, water, wildlife and the state's cultural history.There are 4 main trails with 8 miles of hiking available. The two audio trails feature recorded messages about the history of the forest and trees as well as geology of North Carolina. The Forest Demonstration trail shows actual forestry practices, while the Watershed Extension loop features streams, hills, and other interesting sites. There are picnic sites as well as a large covered picnic shelter available for the public to use. Another interesting feature is a large 40 feet by 24 feet deck overlooking a 3-acre pond with a large map of North Carolina showing all of the river basins in the state. Children and adults enjoy feeding the fish from the deck also. Forest rangers offer education programs for school groups.
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  • I have taken the kids here and used the shorter routes. Then my sister and her family came to visit and we got lost, big time. They need better trail markers.  more »
  • Went for a short walk. Since I hadn't been in quite a while, I was eager to find out if they had any more trails. Once there, to my surprise, there were 3 new trails. The trails are suppose to be mark...  more »
  • We have lived here too long without visiting this place! We were there on a Saturday, and only the 2 picnic shelters were in use. There are probably another 20 picnic tables in the shade of the pines ...  more »