RAIN OR SHINE--Come out for a brisk hike in the Durham Division of Duke Forest before your Super Bowl party! We'll cover a little over 4 miles--mostly on wide, rocky, gravel bridle trails but we'll also explore and learn about all the fun facts along the single track Shepherd Nature Trail. We'll meet at Duke School at 3716 Erwin Road. Enter at the main entrance and go to the parking lot at the very end.
Well-behaved leashed dogs are welcome (please bring poop bags).
You do not need to be a member of the Sierra Club to attend. All participants on Sierra Club outings will need to sign a standard liability waiver. You can find a copy of the liability waiver here: http://www.sierraclub.org/outings/chapter/forms/signinwaiver.PDF
Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Limit: 15 participants.
For more information (including links to maps) and to RSVP, please see our Meetup event: http://www.meetup.com/NC-Sierra-Club-Headwaters-Group/events/163253172/
You may also RSVP by contacting Kelly at email@example.com (919.624.2225).
About Duke Forest and the Shepherd Nature Trail
The Forest’s primary mission is to provide a natural outdoor laboratory for the advancement of research and teaching activities in the natural sciences. The Duke Forest’s original purpose, to promote and advance forestry research and education, has expanded to support activities in a variety of disciplines related to environmental science and policy. Along with fulfilling this primary role, the Duke Forest has become a popular place for recreation and general outdoor enjoyment for the growing Triangle community.
The Shepherd Nature Trail crosses a range of ecosystems, from wet bottomlands to rocky hilltops, typical throughout the Piedmont region. The Piedmont is not unique to this state, but actually represents the hilly region - between the Coastal Plain to the east and the Mountains to the west - that extends from New York City to central Alabama. It reaches its widest point in North Carolina, stretching 125 miles across the state. Despite the variability in slope and agricultural productivity of Piedmont soils, almost nine-tenths of the entire region has been under cultivation at some point since the first European settlers penetrated the Piedmont frontier. It is therefore not surprising that almost two-thirds of Duke Forest consisted of bare, abandoned farmland at its time of purchase in the 1920’s. This trail is named for the Shepherd family, who farmed this land prior to its purchase by Duke University.