Creek Crawls and More!


BethaNIA's BLack Walnut Bottom Creek hike

Saturday, March 25, 1:30 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 then feed into Muddy Creek. We will be joined by Mindy Mock of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, whose work helped to preserve Walnut Bottoms. We will 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 are recommended. The trail is 1.4 miles in length and rated easy by the Foothills Group.  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

Sunday, March 26, 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 721-7307. In the event of rain, the event will be rescheduled and those who are signed up will be notified.

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