Clemmons Educational State Forest

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Clemmons Educational State Forest
North Carolina State Forest
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Johnston & Wake [1]
Coordinates 35°40′26″N 078°29′20″W / 35.67389°N 78.48889°W / 35.67389; -78.48889Coordinates: 35°40′26″N 078°29′20″W / 35.67389°N 78.48889°W / 35.67389; -78.48889
Area 825 acres (333.9 ha) [1]
Opened 1977 [1]
Management North Carolina Forest Service
IUCN category VI - Managed Resource Protected Area
Nearest city Clayton, North Carolina
Location of Clemmons Educational State Forest in North Carolina
Website: Clemmons Educational State Forest

Clemmons Educational State Forest (CESF) is a 825-acre (3.34 km2) North Carolina State Forest in Clayton.[1] It is North Carolina's first educational state forest, and it is operated by the North Carolina Forest Service.[1] The site features self-guided nature trails with audio exhibit stations, the Forestry Exhibit Center with interactive exhibits about the ecology of forests, soil, water, wildlife and the state's cultural history.

There are 4 main trails with 8 miles of hiking available. The two audio trails ("Talking Trees" trail and the "Talking Rocks" trail) feature recorded messages about the history of the forest and trees as well as geology of North Carolina. The Forest Demonstration trail shows actual forestry practices, while the Watershed Extension loop features streams, hills, and other interesting sites. There are picnic sites as well as a large covered picnic shelter available for the public to use. Another interesting feature is a large 40 feet by 24 feet deck overlooking a 3-acre pond with a large map of North Carolina showing all of the river basins in the state. Children and adults enjoy feeding the fish from the deck also. Forest rangers offer education programs for school groups.


  1. ^ a b c d e "NC Forest Service Natural Assets" (PDF). North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. January 23, 2014. p. 11. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 

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