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Clemmons Educational State Forest

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State Parks, Bird Watching, Hiking Trails, Trees & Scenery, School Trip, Healthy/Active, Educational, Green
2256 Old US Hwy 70 W, Clayton, NC
URL: Clemmons Educational State...  Phone: 919-553-5651

Activity Overview

Clemmons Educational State Forest is a popular recreation area in Clayton, North Carolina, which is just 15 miles from Raleigh. It features several self-guided nature trails with audio exhibits that families can explore on a nice day, as well as numerous picnic sites and an exhibit center. However, it is best known for its wonderful ranger-conducted classes, which introduce children to all kinds of nature-related topics, including tree rings, forest wildlife, and how paper comes from trees.

Things to Do

  • Go for a family hike along the 2.2-mile Demonstration Trail, which teaches about forestry practices, or the 3-mile Watershed Extension Loop, which features hills, streams, and other beautiful sights.
  • Take your little one for a short hike along the Talking Tree Trail or the Talking Rock Trail, two audio trails that are less than a mile long which provide information on local geology, wildlife, and history.
  • If you live in the area, encourage your child's school to take advantage of one of the many ranger-conducted classes at the forest, which are designed for classes from kindergarten through 6th grade.

Clemmons Educational State Forest Insider Tips

  • All of the trails are well marked, but if you feel you need a trail map, you can find one here.
  • Keep in mind that the park is closed on Mondays, and is only open from March through November.
  • Bring along a picnic lunch and enjoy a relaxing family meal by the pond or at one of the many picnic sites.

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