Knight Brown Nature Preserve

The Knight-Brown Nature Preserve close to Belews Lake in North Carolina is the website of the Dan River Basin Association’s hike on Dec. 6.

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The Dec. 6 First Saturday Outing of the Dan River Container Association will certainly be a 3-mile hike at Knight-Brvery own Nature Preserve near Belews Lake in Rockingham County, North Carolina. Gathering at 10 a.m. at the trailhead, 221 Waterfield Lane, Stokesdale, North Carolina (GENERAL PRACTITIONERS 36.311468, -80.004158), hikers will certainly be met by outing Coordinator Ken Bridle, stewardship director of the Piedmont Land also Conservancy.

Dr. Bridle, a long-time board member during Dan River Basin Association’s early on years, is an skilled in flora and fauna in the region and also intimately acquainted through the site.

Bridle shelp, “When we were doing the Stokes and Rockingham Natural Heritage Inventories we maintained finding recommendation to rare plants and pets from a location in the Belews Creek Quadrangle. After browsing roughly, we realized that those areas were a lot of most likely flooded by Belews Lake in the at an early stage 1970s. The Knight-Brown Nature Preserve is the following valley to the east and consists of soils and topography that relate to what was flooded and have excellent potential for habitat for unwidespread species.”

According to the Piedmont Land also Conservancy, the maintain “showcases a wooded valley, two gently rippling streams, many kind of various kinds of ferns, spring wildflowers and the rare eastern leatherlumber shrub.” On this late autumn walk, trees will certainly be almost bare, exposing the terrain, and a lot of the forest floor will certainly be covered with recently fallen leaves.

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In enhancement to its walking trails, the maintain has an informational kiosk at the trailhead, picnic tables, and also a number of benches along the trails. Two huge streams that traverse the residential or commercial property flow right into Belews Lake, which gives cooling for Battle Each Other Energy’s largest coal-fired power plant and is used for recreational boating and also fishing. Several DRBA members and guests paddled the lake on the September First Saturday Outing. Below the lake, Belews Creek joins the Dan River.

Land also for the Knight-Brvery own Nature Preserve was donated by Cecilia Brown, that inherited the home from her companion, Paul Knight. Brvery own, that lives in Santa Barbara, California, fulfilled the wishes of Knight, that did not desire breakthrough to take place on the beautiful acreage close to his former residence in Stokesdale.

Support for creating the keep has actually been offered by the Reidsville Area Foundation, McMichael Foundation, the Family of William Hatcher Conner, and also the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. Several volunteers have donated their time and power building the trails, which are component of the Rockingham County Pathways Plan.

Participants in the outing must dress in layers of synthetic towel, wear hiking boots, and lug walking stick, lunch and water. All participants will be asked to sign a waiver.

To reach the Knight-Brvery own Nature Preserve, travel on U.S. 220 in between Oak Ridge and also Madikid, North Carolina. Turn west onto Simpboy Road, which is 5 miles south of the North Carolina 704/U.S. 311 bridge and also one mile north of the merger of North Carolina 68 through UNITED STATE 220. Follow indications for Simpchild Roadway for 3 miles, going directly at the initially stop sign. Turn left at the second sheight authorize onto Ellisboro Roadway. Drive 0.4 miles. Turn right onto Shelton Roadway. Take the second right onto Campsite Roadway, and revolve best onto Waterarea Roadway. The trailhead is at the finish of Waterfield Road at the cul-de-sac.