“This trail features ups and downs by the lake, through mixed hardwood and pine forest.”
— Carrie Council
Birding · Lake · Wildlife
No bikes are allowed on hiking trails, dogs must be leashed and waste picked up, open during daylight hours only. Restrooms and nature center are open M-F 9am-5pm.
There are two trailheads to access the PEC trails. One is close to the driveway of the parking lot and the other is to the far right of the building (walk along front deck, down steps and straight towards a field, Lakeshore trailhead to the left and Chickadee trailhead to the right).
This 1.8-mile trail follows along the shoreline of High Point City Lake. There are many climbs and descents to keep your heart rate up. Beginning from the parking lot trailhead, head down into the cove, once you are close to the water the trail turns left to go along the shoreline.
The Chickadee Trail
(green blaze) meets up at the edge of the cove. When coming to a stream crossing, three trails intersect (Lakeshore, Fiddlehead and Pine Thicket) stay to the right, curving along the shoreline. The trail gradually ascends along the lake and you'll start to bare left (look and listen for woodpeckers here) and descend before heading up again.
At the top of the hill, you'll see the intersection of the Raccoon Run trail (blue blaze). "Kudzo field" is another intersection of trails. To the left is the Dogwood Trail (orange blaze) and to the right is the Lakeshore Trail. Deer, groundhogs, box turtles and many birds can be seen in the field. There are two benches for resting.
Ascend back to the waters edge where there is another bench, the trail takes a left and stays relatively flat and close to the water. The trail continues going up and down and when you notice the water no longer in site you are headed towards the greenway and can wave to the pavement people through the trees. You'll pass the orange trail on the left and then shortly you'll see the yellow trail on the left. A steep staircase leads you to "campfire field" and the building will be to your right.
Flora & Fauna
Deer, turtles, birds, beaver, large tulip poplars and white oaks, ferns, fungi.