PLC holds an easement protecting part of the Deep River Trail on the property of the Living Well Community, an ecologically-minded sustainable residential community being developed by Harvey Harmon, Jr. The property is at the confluence of the Deep River and Sandy Creek. The protected area also includes almost a mile along Sandy Creek.
The scenic Deep River Trail, which follows an abandoned rail bed in the town of Franklinville in Randolph County, includes evidence of Native American fishing traps (called “weirs”), rocky outcrops, boulders and bluffs overlooking the river, providing an enjoyable experience for walkers, bicyclists, fishermen and joggers at the river’s edge. The Sandy Creek section also includes a trail and has thickets of mountain laurel.
The Deep River Trail will eventually extend downstream to the town of Ramseur. The Trail highlights the region’s rich Native American, Revolutionary and textile history. The Deep River Trail parallels the Deep River State Trail, a paddle trail including parts of Guilford, Randolph, Chatham, Moore and Lee Counties, where the Deep River joins the Haw River.
Funding provided by the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund. Conservation easement secured in partnership with the Town of Franklinville.