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Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail

Location On Upper Piedmont Research Station beside Chinqua-Penn Plantation, 1944 Wentworth Street, Reidsville, NC
State(s) North Carolina
Counties Rockingham County
Type Nature Trail
Length 1.70 Miles / 2.74 Km Loop Trail? Yes
Allowed Uses Dogs - On leash
Heritage and History
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Wildlife Observation
Agency Nonprofit
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No

 

 

Description

photo: Crossing the Turkey Pond Dam
Crossing the Turkey Pond Dam

Located near Reidsville in north-central North Carolina, the 1.7-mile Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail is Rockingham County’s premier trail. It is on land formerly part of the Chinqua-Penn Plantation created by industrialist Jefferson Penn and his wife Betsy in the 1920s. Under direction by Dr. Joseph French, the trail was built in 1997 by the present owner, the North Carolina Upper Piedmont Research Station, in partnership with the state’s Adopt-a-Trail program. A key aspect of the station’s agricultural research involves the legacy Black Angus herd founded by the Penns in the 1940s. The cow-calf operation of this herd is a major point of interest along the trail.

Beginning at the trailhead parking lot, kiosk, recycling center, and composting toilet, the trail winds downhill between pastures and woods. As hosts of lavish but rustic parties, the Penns entertained friends from Betsy’s native New York in Great Gatsby style. Like their unique home nearby, structures along the trail were built of stone quarried on the farm. Just below the trailhead are the stone remains of the Stew Site where Jeff Penn cooked his famous Brunswick Stew for their guests. Now in ruins are massive stone tables and benches, a chimney and fire pit with rails for moving the huge cast-iron kettle, and an elegant stone Spring House with slate pyramid-shaped roof.

The trail meanders back and forth across the stream fed by the spring, passes alongside Turkey Pond, which is f (Continued...)

 

Visitor Information

Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31

Time Opens: Not Available - Time Closes: Not Available

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Directions

The Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail is at GPS (36.382734, -79.703128) just west of 2138 Wentworth Street, Reidsville, NC.

 

Additional Information

Width: 60 inches.

Primary Surface: Gravel

Secondary Surface: Boardwalk
Crushed Rock
Soil, compacted

Average Grade: 3%

Elevation Low Point: 734

Elevation High Point: 874

Year Designated: 2015

Date Last Updated: 06/11/2015

 

Contact Information

Trail Management:
Joseph French
Research Operations Manager
North Carolina State University
1944 Wentworth Street
Reidsville , NC 27320
(336) 349-8347
joe.french@ncagr.gov

Public Contact:
Lee Templeton
Chair
Friends of Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail
230 Roberson Lane
Reidsville , NC 27320
(336) 342-9628
leengeorge@triad.rr.com

 

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