Creek Crawls and More!

Saturday, March 24, 2 p.m., Bethania

Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m., Salem Creek near Old Salem



BethaNIA's BLack Walnut Bottom Creek hike

Saturday, March 24, 2 p.m.

Henry Fansler of the Foothills Group of the Sierra Club will lead a fun and informative creek crawl along Bethania’s Black Walnut Bottom Trail, which feeds into Muddy Creek. We will be joined by Mindy Mock of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, whose group helped to preserve Walnut Bottoms; Michelle Williams, the historic landscape coordinator for the town of Bethania; and biologist Ana Clara Melo.

We will meet in the Bethania visitor center for an overview of the creeks of Wachovia. We will then hike the Black Walnut Bottom Trail and see what makes a healthy creek, explore the area bordering the creek, and consider why the Moravians made their second settlement here.

After the hike, we will search a creek for macro-invertebrates whose presence will tell us about the water quality. In water quality, “buggy is better.” Anyone wishing to join in this activity will need to have boots or water footwear and expect wet and muddy conditions. Towels and spare socks and shoes are recommended. The trail is 1.4 miles in length and rated easy by the Foothills Group. Ana Clara Melo will be available to help with insect identification and ecological questions, and Mindy Mock will be there to answer land preservation questions.

More details of the area can be found at  To register for the hike contact Henry Fansler at or 336-473-0283. Note that the Sierra Club requires all outing participants to sign a standard waiver.

Meet in the parking lot for the Bethania Visitors Center, 5393 Ham Horton Lane (near the intersection of Bethania Road and Main Street). 


"History and Nature" A Salem Creek Guided Tour

Saturday, March 17, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Salem Creek near Old Salem

Since the Moravians established the town of Salem in 1766 through today, Salem Creek has been an important resource for food, water, power, and recreation. Tour this natural area and learn the deep history along Salem Creek. Tour booklet included. Led by archaeologist M. O. Hartley, PhD & researcher/planner Martha Hartley of Old Salem Museums & Gardens. (Shoes suitable for soggy ground and uneven terrain suggested.) Free, but registration required and space is limited. To register, call 336-721-7307. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Sunday, March 18 and those who are signed up will be notified.

Meet at the tennis court parking lot adjacent to the Salem Avenue round-about.