Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area
Property Address: 3189 Brogden Rd, Stem, NC 27581 (Granville County)
GPS Coordinates: 36.191422, -78.717794
The Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area currently features three miles of hiking and walking trails that begin at a gravel parking area located at 3189 Brogden Road. Trails are easy to moderate in difficulty. Trails lead visitors past fields being restored to forest and wildflower meadows, older woodland being managed for wildlife habitat, and hardwood forest found on the slopes above Ledge Creek. Picnic tables are available for visitors near the parking area. Visitors are encouraged to download and print a Guide & Trail Map, which includes more information about the marked trails found on the property and the points-of-interest stops along the trails.
About the Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area
Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area is a 381-acre property owned by Tar River Land Conservancy (TRLC), which purchased six tracts of land in 2013 and 2015. The following partners generously contributed to the preservation of these properties: the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, Granville County, City of Creedmoor, City of Raleigh’s Watershed Protection Program, NC Department of Justice’s Environmental Enhancement Grant Program, and Conservation Trust for North Carolina. The property will remain permanently off-limits to development thanks to conservation easements held by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
In 2014, with assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, NC Forest Service, Granville County Soil & Water Conservation District, and NC Wildlife Resources Commission, TRLC began restoring 30 acres of hay fields to native wildlife habitat.
In 2016, thanks to hundreds of hours of volunteer service and funding from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Morgan Stanley Foundation, AmeriCorps, and Conservation Trust for North Carolina, several rundown buildings were removed and hiking trails and a trailhead area were established to allow visitors to explore this special place.
Over the last 75 years, this land passed through the hands of several generations of caring owners, including the Moore, Summers, Coley, Hobgood, Doughton, Meadows, and Stem families.
TRLC plans to undertake more stewardship projects and to build additional hiking trails on this property in the coming years!
Directions to the Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area
From Creedmoor: Take US-15 N for 3.6 mi. Take left onto Hester Rd. Travel 1.8 mi. and take right onto Brogden Rd. Travel 1.6 mi. and turn left at sign for property.
From Durham: Take I-85 to Exit 191. Turn left onto NC-56 W. Travel 0.2 mi. and take right onto W. Lyon Station Rd. Travel 2.4 mi. and take left onto Brogden Rd. Travel 0.9 mi. and turn left at sign for property.
From Oxford: Take Providence Rd/Old NC-75 to Stem. At Stem, take left onto Main St. Continue straight for 0.8 mi. Main St becomes Creedmoor Rd then Brogden Rd. Turn right at sign for property.