Arnett Branch Longleaf Pine Forest Hike

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Please join us for our next TRLT hiking event on New Years Day. 

Our next hiking club event will be on November 6th at 9am at the Arnett Branch Longleaf Pine Forest.

Please join us for a unique opportunity to visit the largest remaining stand of old-growth Piedmont longleaf pine in North Carolina, which is in northern Montgomery County, and was purchased in 2011 by the N.C. Zoo in partnership with Three Rivers Land Trust. This property is only open to the public by permission from the NC Zoo. Longleaf forests are a unique ecosystem home to a suite of endemic species, and dry longleaf pine forests are extremely rare in the North Carolina Piedmont. Some animals who call this special place home include spotted salamanders, timber rattlesnake, and Kentucky warbler. This site has some trees more than 300 years old, and many with the characteristic cat-facing from when the trees were used for the turpentine industry.

This will be a short and easy 2 mile hike over the property. Although it is hunting season, no one is allowed to hunt on this property. Please bring water, sunscreen, and bug spray. We recommend wearing long pants and closed toed hiking shoes, as this hike predominantly off trail through an open forest. This property is located on Highway 134 just south of the intersection with Buchanan Road. Look for the Land Trust event signs.

 The conservation property where we will be hiking is not generally open to the public so this is a special treat for those who want to join our hiking club. Your first hiking club event is free and after that you must be a land trust member to join. The hiking club will hike every first Saturday of the month. For more information or if you have questions, please email Nicky at We hope to see you there!

Length of hike: 2 miles

Difficulty level: Easy




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204 East Innes Street, Suite 120
Salisbury, NC 28144