Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail

We invite you to share this special place in the heart of Rockingham County, North Carolina. 

On the property belonging to the NC Upper Piedmont Research Station, the 1.7-mile loop winds through old-growth forest, skirts two ponds, and follows the fence lines of pastures where a prized Black Angus herd grazes. Crops are tested in fields alongside farm roads once used as carriage trails by the wealthy owners of Chinqua-Penn Plantation. Remnants of their lavish parties linger in structures built of locally quarried stone. Many birds, insects, amphibians, and small mammals call this home.

The Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail is part of the NC Birding Trail, with over 150 species identified. The varied habitat attracts woodland birds, such as warblers and woodpeckers; grassland birds, such as meadowlarks, bluebirds, and hawks; and waterfowl, such as herons, kingfishers, and geese.  

Numerous wildflowers abound, including mountain laurel beside Lake Betsy, rhododendron along the woodland trail, and springtime flowers at the Summer House. Bamboo hides the lower quarry at the Rock Dam and shades Little Niagara, a tiny waterfall on Betsy Branch. 

Trail Guidelines

  • The Trail is only for walkers, joggers, people with strollers, and people with motorized wheelchairs--no cycles, horses, or motorized vehicles.   
  • Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome.  Please don't let your dog poop where people walk.        
  • Please take out all trash that you bring to the Trail.  Thank you for picking up any stray litter.  Trash cans and recycling bins are provided at the trailhead. 
  • Please respect the wildlife--keep your distance and do not feed the animals.
  • Please leave the flowers for others to enjoy.  
2138 Wentworth St. Reidsville, NC 27320

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