Friends of Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail Meeting Schedule
The Friends meet at the Upper Piedmont Research Station office at the intersection of Wentworth Street and Salem Church Road, 1944 Wentworth Street, Reidsville, (GPS coordinates 36.37958, -79.694541). Meetings are generally held the last Tuesday of the month at NOON. Notice of the next meeting time and place will be posted at the trailhead in the bulletin board and by email. The meeting schedule for 2019 is as follows:
Tuesday January 29 NOON Tuesday May 28 NOON Tuesday September 24 NOON
Tuesday February 26 NOON Tuesday June 25 NOON Tuesday October 29 NOON
Tuesday March 26 NOON Tuesday July 30 NOON Tuesday November 26 NOON
Tuesday April 30 NOON Tuesday August 27 NOON December NO MEETING
Chinqua-Penn Trail Designated National Recreation Trail
U. S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has named Rockingham County’s Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail as a National Recreation Trail, one of ten trails so honored in 2015. The designation is given to existing trails that contribute to health, conservation, and recreation goals in the United States. Some 1200 trails nationwide have received this label since Congress authorized the program in 1968.
Our 1.7-mile loop winds through old-growth forest, skirts two ponds, and follows the fence lines of pastures where a prized historic Black Angus herd grazes. Crops are tested in fields alongside farm roads once used as carriage trails by Betsy and Jeff Penn. Elegant stone structures, remains of the Penns’ lavish lifestyle built in the 1920s and 1930s, provide points of historical interest along the trail.
As part of the North Carolina Birding Trail, the Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail attracts over 150 species of birds requiring a variety of habitats. Many of the birds are pictured here on our website of Friends of Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail. The trail, enjoyed by hundreds of people and leashed dogs each week, has been featured by physicians’ offices and health centers for its health and fitness benefits and is used for nature study by Scouts, school groups, youth groups, and 4-H campers.
The Friends of Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail invite the public to a ceremony celebrating the National Recreation Trail designation. It will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21 (rain date Thursday, July 23) at the trailhead (GPS 36.382734, -79.703128) just west of 2138 Wentworth Street, Reidsville, NC. A representative of North Carolina State Parks will be on hand to present Secretary Jewell’s plaque to Dr. Joseph French, Manager of the Upper Piedmont Research Station. All are invited to walk the trail after the brief program.
Painted Slates - Check them out at Round About Way on 3847 NC 87 just outside Reidsville near where Barnes Street, Holiday Loop, and NC 87 intersect!
Spring House Repairs
Si Rothrock of Reidsville Building and Restoration and his helpers have completed repairs to the the Spring House roof to prevent it falling in. This entailed removing the slate shingles, cutting out all rotten boards, and filling in with a new layer of freshly cured oak boards. They covered the boards with a thick synthetic felt to protect the wood from the elements. Even though the project is completed, we are still raising money to pay off all costs incurred. We are selling Painted Slates, Bamboo and Bluebird houses. And, our 2nd annual Run with the Cows 5K in September 2015 will also help with these costs.