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The jewel of the Outer Banks, Springer's Point is a prime illustration of the Coastal Land Trust's work in the Northeast. We are proud to offer the citizens of North Carolina an opportunity to explore and enjoy this wonderful and magical place.
Please visit the Springer's Point Preserve page for more information.
This 177-acre Preserve, located in Pender County, was purchased in two phases. The 1st phase (117 acres) was purchased in 2002 as the result of the Coastal Land Trust's first capital campaign. The Coastal Land Trust dedicated the site to Dr. Bertram W. Wells, the late pioneer ecologist from NCSU and author of "The Natural Gardens of North Carolina" because of his research contributions associated with the now extirpated Big Savannah located a few miles south of this tract. The B.W. Wells Savannah, referred to as the Ghost of Big Savannah, is host to over 170 native plant species including several rarities. The Coastal Land Trust is in the process of restoring more of the rare savannah habitat and has initiated a prescribed burn program with grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the N.C. Wildflower Preservation Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Coastal Land Trust sponsors an annual Wildflower Walk in the month of June. Please contact our Wilmington office for details.
Click here to view an educator's guide to the B.W. Wells Savannah, "Lessons from the Ghost Savannah."
Acquired from the Weyerhaeuser Company in 2005, after many years of collaboration and fundraising, this 123 acre preserve is located in Carteret County and is only open to the public through scheduled field trips. This property is considered to be a regionally significant natural heritage site and represents a rare wetland community type called a non-riverine wet hardwood forest. This property hosts a wide variety of plant and animal species, and provides critical feeding and nesting areas for more than 25 species of neotropical migrant songbirds.
The Coastal Land Trust occasionally hosts birding trips to this preserve. If you are interested in joining us on one of our birding trips, please contact us.
You can also learn more about Sea Gate Woods by downloading our brochure
The Coastal Land Trust purchased this large tract of land (912 acres, roughly the size of Central Park) with the intent of it eventually giving it to Brunswick County to become a public Nature Park. Since then, the Coastal Land Trust has been and is continuing to work with Brunswick County and other volunteer groups to develop the park for multiple passive recreation uses. The park, located on Hwy 133 in Winnabow, hosts hiking trails, biking trails, equestrian trails and a kayak/canoe access. It is open from dawn to dusk. Trail building and maintenance is currently being done by the Coastal Land Trust- sign up on our volunteer page to become involved.Each fall we host a Family Fun Day, bringing over 700 visitors annually to enjoy outdoor adventures the park. Learn more here.
The Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park was purchased by the Coastal Land Trust and then transferred to Craven County. It is located at 1095 Broad Creek Road, New Bern, NC 28560 near Fairfield Harbour. The Nature Park opened in 2011 and is comprised of 133 acres of preserved pristine coastal land.
This is Craven County's first nature park, which is geared towards the natural environment as it will offer hiking, nature observation, bird watching and access to Broad Creek by way of a boardwalk. Approximately one mile north from Lee's Landing. It offers an extensive gravel walking trail, a 2,000 ft. boardwalk, a picnic shelter, canoe, kayak and boat docking, restrooms, natural walking trails.
The gardens were created in the early 1900s as a private garden for the Pembroke Jones family, and planted with thousands of azaleas, camellias, magnolias, and wisteria. In 1999 New Hanover County purchased the gardens for public use. The NC Coastal Land Trust assisted the county by retaining a portion of the purchasing funds through a County Tidal Creeks Grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund. More information about Airlie Gardens can be found here.
This 174 acre preserve is owned and managed by UNCW. In 2005, at the request of the late Mr. Troy Henry (former owner), 64 acres of the property was placed under a conservation agreement, in partnership with UNCW. The nature park's name was derived from a combination of the names "Evans" and "Henry" which are Mr. Henry's maternal and paternal family names. Its pronunciation sounds like "heaven-wood". More information about the Ev-Henwood Nature Preserve can be found here.
The Coastal Land Trust partnered with Onslow County in 2001 to protect 250 acres of land along the New River and the Blue Creek tributary in Jacksonville. In May of 2004, Oakhurst Nature Park (map) was officially opened to the public. The park hosts two short nature trails and a canoe/kayak launch area. More information about Oakhurst Nature Park can be found here.
In 2005 North Carolina Coastal Land Trust (NCCLT) and members of the Foy family began working together towards the common goal of permanently protecting this property. NCCLT secured funding while the Foy family designed and implemented a trail system. Finally in 2007, with generous funding from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, NCCLT was able to purchase a conservation agreement on approximately 31 acres of the Foy property. As part of the deal, the Foy Limited Partnership donated a conservation agreement on an additional 31 acres, making the total protected land 62 acres. Today the Preserve is open to the public, while still in private ownership. The Foy family manages the property as a nature park.
More information about Abbey Nature Preserve can be found here.
Located outside of New Bern NC, this 1,675 acre property is owned by Weyerhaeuser and is full of outdoor fun. In 2005, NCCLT placed two conservation agreements on the property, protecting its conservation values, while still encouraging the working forests as well as the environmental education uses. This property hosts many fieldtrips and is used as an "outdoor classroom" by many of the local schools. It is open by appointment only.
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In 1999 the Coastal Land Trust preserved 648 acres of woodlands and cypress gum swamp surrounding the house at Foscue Plantation. Located on the Trent River in Pollocksville, NC, just south of New Bern, the house is a wonderful example of high-style ante-bellum architecture and retains a number of its original furnishings. Built in 1824 by Simon Foscue Jr., the home was one of the first in the state added the National Register of Historical Places in 1971 and was presented the Governor’s Award for Forestry Conservation by the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in 2010.
Tours are available on Thursdays from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm and by appointment. Visit the website for more information.