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Take a hike this spring

BURGAW – The children are home. Parents are telecommuting and working from home. Perhaps it’s time to practice social distancing on a walking trail.

“Cabin Fever is not an acknowledged illness, but we know COVID-19 has caused families much stress,” said Zach White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor.

“We are urging our residents to practice safe distancing, but if you want to take to the great outdoors, here is a list of open trails your family can enjoy together,” said White.

Trails in Pender County and municipalities

Millers Pond Park located at 12762 US 117 Highway Rocky Point, NC 28457 has a half mile walking and nature trail that loops around the 7-acre pond.

Hampstead Kiwanis Park located at 586 Sloop Point Loop Road Hampstead, NC 28443 has over one mile of paved walking trails with several fitness stations along the route.

Abbey Nature Preserve located at 10200 US Hwy 17 Scotts Hill, NC 28411 is full of beautiful trees, plants, flowers and wildlife, providing excellent opportunities for bird-watching and hiking.

Moore’s Creek National Battlefield, 40 Patriots Hall Dr. Currie, NC 28435 is the site of one of the first battles in the South of the Revolutionary War and the first patriot victory of the war. A .7-mile trail with wayside exhibits leads through the battlefield and across Moore’s Creek. The park facilities are closed due to COVID-19, but the trail is open.

Osgood Canal Greenway and Urban Trail located in downtown Burgaw Osgood Canal Greenway and Urban Trail is a 2.2-mile loop of asphalt and concrete walking trails in and around the central portion of the town limits.

• Don’t forget we are on the Civil Wars Trail and the Mountains to Sea Trail.

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