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Great hiking opportunities abound in North Carolina. Trails of NC provides the only complete directory of hiking trails in our state, currently indexing 421 locations.

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Each spring spotted turtles come out of hibernation to bask in the sun in North Carolina's coastal and eastern piedmont regions. They can be found in shallow waters such as ditches, canals, small creeks, and Carolina bays, and are easily identified by their polka dot shells. Females lay two to six eggs in late spring which will hatch in late summer.

Photo taken at Palmetto-Peartree Preserve in February 2011.

Featured Conservation Group

Catawba Lands Conservancy

The Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is "a land trust - a nonprofit, community-based conservation organization that permanently conserves and manages land for public benefit in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina."

CLC has conserved 12,811 acres of land since 1991, with a goal to conserve 50,000 acres of land by 2030. CLC is the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail, a 113-mile network of trails and greenways in the western part of North Carolina. The trail will eventually connect 2.3 million people to 1500 miles of trails through 15 counties in North and South Carolina.

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Sauratown Trail

This 25-mile trail connects Hanging Rock State Park to Pilot Mountain State Park, and is part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The route is subject to change and closures as the trail crosses private land, so it is essential to check the official site before your visit. This trail is open to both hikers and horses, and can be rugged, with tall grass, stream crossings, and rocky areas.

Facilities are few and far between. Bathrooms are located at the Old Winston/Coon Road and Surry Line Road parking lots, and picnic areas are located at the Old Winston/Coon Road and Brims Grove parking lots. Camping is not allowed on the trail. Dogs are not allowed on the trail.

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