Pittsboro Siler City — Visitors Guide 2012-13
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The Great Outdoors

AMERICAN TOBACCO TRAIL

A 22-mile-long rails-to-trails route crosses through Chatham, Durham and Wake counties, passes through the Jordan Lake project lands of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Hikers, horseback riders, cyclists and birders welcome traillink.com/trail/american-tobacco-trail.aspx

BICYCLE TRAILS

Pastoral landscapes, incredible scenery – a 198-mile system of bicycle trails covers country roads to connect towns, crossroad communities and points of interest in Chatham County. 707-2152 • ncdot.org/it/gis/DataDistribution/BikeMaps/ Thumbs.html?thumb=Chatham

CANOEING AND KAYAKING ADVENTURES

Chatham County is home to three rivers, Haw, Rocky and Deep. Canoeing, sea kayaking, birding, moonlight or sunset paddle trips available through regional outfitters.

DEEP RIVER CAMELBACK TRUSS BRIDGE and DEEP RIVER PARK – GULF

Originally constructed in 1908, bridge spans the Deep River, and after undergoing many reconstructions and renovations through 1991, today, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Forty acres with picnic tables, scenic view and canoe access. Rosser Rd, Gulf, 27256 • Located along SR 2153, east of Gulf

DEVIL’S STOMPIN’ GROUND ROAD – NC SCENIC BYWAY – PITTSBORO – BEAR CREEK NC 902.

Byway takes its colorful name from local legend: a clearing in which a circular path is said to have been worn by the Devil’s pacing as he plotted new forms of mischief. Begins in Pittsboro and leads into Bear Creek. Byways.org

JORDAN LAKE EDUCATIONAL STATE FOREST – CHAPEL HILL

Picnics, hikes and birding. Talking Tree Trail. Variety of wildlife, birds of prey, deer, songbirds, flying squirrels and beavers. Outdoor education workshops, picnic facilities, ranger-conducted classes and more. 2832 Big Woods Rd, Chapel Hill 27517 • 542-1154 http://www.ncesf.org/JLESF/home.htm

JORDAN LAKE STATE RECREATION AREA – APEX

Almost 14,000 acres of water, multiple recreation areas. Discover the N.C. Birding Trail sites, hiking, sailing, birding, camping, workshops, fishing, monthly stargazing with astronomers, picnicking and much more. Includes the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. Open year-round. NCParks.gov/Visit/parks/jord/main.php

N. C. BIRDING TRAIL – JORDAN LAKE

Explore the sites on the N.C. Birding Trail, five at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and one each at White Pines Nature Preserve and Jordan Lake Educational State Forest. Year-round opportunities to see a variety of species. 604-5183 • NCBirdingTrail.org

TRIANGLE LAND CONSERVANCY NATURE PRESERVES AND OPEN LANDS

White Pines Nature Preserve, McIver Landing, Condoret Nature Preserve, La Grange Riparian Reserve, Bynum Beach Canoe Access and Wood’s Mill Bend are sites protected by the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC). Trails, birding, scenic views of forests and rivers. 833-3662 • TriangleLand.org

FARMS, NURSERIES, GARDENS, WINERIES AND FARMERS’ MARKETS

Fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, eggs, flowers, jams/jellies, plants, meats and more. Visit six farmers’ markets (Apr – Nov) in Pittsboro, Goldston and Siler City; mini winter markets; farm show and tell series; farm-to-fork dinners; pick-yourown farms; small nurseries and garden tours.

HERITAGE AND HISTORIC SITES

Several historic buildings and districts recognized by the NationalH istoric Register. Historic Districts: Pittsboro, Siler City, Goldston, Mount Vernon Springs and Wilsonville. The Historic Chatham County Courthouse, built in 1881, was badly damaged by fire in March 2010 but will be fully restored by late fall 2012 .It will feature the Chatham County Historical Association’s expanded museum and exhibits. ChathamHistory.org • nps.gov/nr
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