Chinqua-Penn Trail LbNA # 36743
|Placed Date||Nov 17 2007|
|Last Update||Apr 30 2008|
Directions to the Chinqua-Penn Trail:
The trail is located near US Highway 29 Business and 158, just west of Reidsville, North Carolina.
From Greensboro, NC/Charlotte, NC
Take US 29 By-Pass north from I-85/40 to the third Reidsville ext (Highway 14). Turn left at end of ramp and travel north on Highway 14 for 3.5 miles to Salem Church Road (please note this is not a major intersection and has no stoplights). Turn left and travel 2 miles to stop sign. Turn sharp right on Wentworth Street. Parking for the Chinqua-Penn trail is after the plantation house on your right.
From Winston-Salem/Western North Carolina
Take US 158 East (from business I-40) to Reidsville. As soon as you arrive in Reidsville, US 158 will exit and follow US 29 Business North. Take the Highway 87 exit. Turn left onto Highway 87. Travel about l/2 mile, then turn right onto Parkland Road. Go to stop sign, turn right on Wentworth Street and the Parking lot for the Chinqua-Penn Trail is on your left.
From Danville, VA
Take US 29 By-Pass south to the Highway 14 exit near Reidsville. Go north on Highway 14 for 3.5 miles to Salem Church Road. Turn left and travel 2 miles to stop sign. Turn right on Wentworth Street. Parking for the Chinqua-Penn trail is after the plantation house on your right.
PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN INK!
“Leaping Frogs” Letterbox Clue:
Walk to the kiosk and learn about the history of this area. Follow the gravel trail to the left and pass a historic site. After the red barn, the trail splits in two. As long as you follow gravel, you will be in the right place. Pass one bridge but not another. The fence on your right will end. You will spy a huge old Tulip Poplar tree on your right. Go stand near the root that reaches out towards the path. Once there, face 240 degrees. Walk 5-6 steps in that direction. You will see a buried pile of old logs. The one that sticks out above the rest is the one that hides what you seek. Please be careful to not let others on the trail see what you are doing and rehide well.
“Chinqua-Penn Run” Letterbox Clue:
After replacing “Leaping Frogs” letterbox, continue on the trail past Turkey Pond, a bamboo forest, and Little Niagra. Walk past the old pump house on the boardwalk that leads you to the Penn’s Dam. It was built in 1935 to water the fields on the hill. Jeff Penn also built his wife Betsy a nice reflective spot here. Enjoy your surroundings before heading up the hill past the trail sign. Just as you are getting tired you will spot two large boulders to the left of the trail. Stand near them and look due south. You should see a gully between another boulder and a fallen tree. Follow the fallen tree to its base past 2 large piles of small rocks. Stand on the third pile of rocks and look due south again. You will spy another fallen tree about 10 feet away with roots akimbo. Search the roots and rocks around the base of this fallen tree for your prize. Please be sure to replace the box upside down and cover it up well.
To get back to the parking lot, you can retrace your steps or continue on the trail (it’s a loop!) Be sure to turn right after the hay barn. You will pass the Chinqua-Penn Plantation on your left on your walk back.
I hope you enjoyed this walk as much as I do! Be sure to take a tour of the Mansion while you are here.