Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area

Download a Guide & Trail Map

Trailhead #1 Address: 3189 Brogden Rd, Stem, NC 27581

GPS Coordinates: 36.191422, -78.717794

Trailhead #2 Address: 3258 Old NC-75, Stem, NC 27581

GPS Coordinates:  36.193417, -78.732008


Between 2013 and 2018, Tar River Land Conservancy purchased seven tracts of land totaling 398 acres that now comprise the Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area.  Over the past century, this land passed through the hands of several generations of caring owners, including the Moore, Summers, Coley, Hobgood, Doughton, Meadows, Gooch, and Stem families.

The Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area features five miles of hiking and walking trails that begin at gravel parking areas located at the trailheads listed above. Trails are easy to moderate in difficulty.  Trails lead 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 at both trailheads.  Visitors are encouraged to download and print a Guide & Trail Map, which includes more information about the marked trails.

The purchase of these properties and the construction of the hiking trails and other property improvements were made possible through the generous contributions and support of Tar River Land Conservancy donors and volunteers and the following partners:

  • Granville County
  • Town of Stem
  • City of Creedmoor
  • City of Raleigh’s Watershed Protection Program
  • US Endowment for Forestry and Communities
  • NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund
  • NC Department of Justice’s Environmental Enhancement Grant Program
  • Americorps
  • NC Forest Service
  • NC Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Granville County Soil & Water Conservation District
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Duke Energy
  • Morgan Stanley Foundation
  • Wells Fargo
  • Conservation Trust for North Carolina
  • Universal Leaf North America US
  • Sunrock
  • National Fish & Wildlife Foundation