Hiking in Nature’s Church at Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point, North Carolina

On a recent Sunday morning, we made our way to the Piedmont Environmental Center for a nice morning hike along High Point Lake. We were not really sure what to expect, as the center is situated right in the middle of a residential area, but we were pleasantly surprised once we left the parking lot and started down the trail.

From the parking lot , there are several trails and also a greenway, which is clearly a draw for local bicyclists. The parking lot was full with our arrival, but thankfully the trails were nearly empty.

We started on the Bill Faver Lakshore Trail, which follows the peninsula around with views of High Point Lake, then took an offshoot to the Racoon Run Trail, which made a small loop and brought us back to the original trail that looped back to the parking area. In all, the hike was about 2.5 miles.

The trail was quite easy and was relatively well marked, which was a plus since there were many connecting trails across the peninsula. Until the very end, we had no trouble following the trails and markers.

While we frequently listen to our home church service, Will and I both have always felt that being in nature is its own form of church, and it certainly felt that way as we walked together through the woods on this particular Sunday. Spring was showing off all around us, and it was hard to miss God’s handiwork every step of the way.

I think we were both surprised at this trail with its location and its proximity to us (only about 10 minutes from the campground). It was a true gem in the middle of town and definitely a place we would visit again.

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