Outdoor Activities and Scenic Locations Within 30 Minutes of Jamestown

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Jamestown is renowned for its national historic district with many homes that date back to the early 19th-century when it was officially established as the first permanent settlement in the Piedmont region. While it has a population of only a little more than 4,000, those who live here enjoy a tranquil small-town feel while big cities are a short drive away and a myriad of outdoor activities and scenic spots are within easy reach.

With so much to offer, you might want to consider taking a look at Jamestown apartments for a potential move. But whether or not it becomes your next new home, while you’re here, these are some of the best options to put on your itinerary for scenery and adventure outdoors. 

Piedmont Environmental Center

Only four miles from Jamestown in High Point, the Piedmont Environmental Center is a 376-acre preserve, much of which includes High Point Lake. There are 11 miles of trail, including a four-mile loop along the shore. The short and sweet quarter-mile Wildflower Trail will bring you through an area with abundant wildflowers.

There are many other routes too, like Racoon Run which doesn’t feature the clever animals but does explore a peninsula that juts out into the water. As it winds into a mature hardwood forest, it’s ideal for leaf-peeping in the fall with lots of vibrant foliage.

Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

While the main attraction at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park is the military museum, it’s also renowned for its magnificent views. The park spans 200 acres, located less than a 20-minute drive from Jamestown at the edge of Greensboro. The well-maintained trails provide peaceful scenic walks or bike rides through natural ecosystems with a variety of landscapes. 

After exploring on foot or two wheels, learn more about the Revolutionary War and the area’s role in it. The park is the site where the Battle of Guilford Courthouse took place in 1781, the first chapter in a campaign that ultimately led to America’s triumph.

Lake Brandt 

Lake Brandt is a picturesque 816-acre reservoir that can be reached in just 20 minutes by car from Jamestown. It’s especially popular for fishing, inhabited by largemouth bass, catfish, and crappie, although canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding are popular activities too. If you don’t have your own vessel, there are rowboats, canoes, paddleboards, tandem and solo kayaks available for rent.

Along the lake shoreline, you’ll find trails that meander through the woods and provide gorgeous views of the water. If you come just before dusk, you can enjoy the very best vista at sunset. A visit in the fall brings out the colors of autumn. 

The Benjamin Park Bog Garden

Only 10 miles from Jamestown, the Bog Garden at Benjamin Park features seven acres of natural wetlands that attract an abundance of wildlife, including birds. Birdwatchers and anyone else who wants to capture the natural beauty here will definitely want to bring a camera.

There are wood and stone paths that wind through the garden and forested hillside, along with a waterfall. Serenity Falls, the garden’s re-circulating waterfall, is aptly named for those seeking tranquility.


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