The trail begins on at the parking lot, where a kiosk, composting toilet, and recycling center can be found. The trail then meanders downhill, featuring pastures of Black Angus grazing cattle and shady woods. Along the trail are famous ruins of the Penns estate dating back to the 1940's. Ensuite, the trail crisscrosses over streams and passes by the Turkey Pond. Here, you can stop and observe for wild waterfowl. The trail features both gravel and boardwalk. Following the boardwalk will lead to the more hidden Betsy Pond, which is formed by a large rock dam.
With the old-growth forest towering above, and bamboo groves lining the ponds, the atmosphere remains cool and shady on a hot North Carolinian summer's day. The old-growth forest is a natural heritage area, offering both forest views and pawsome views of fields and pastures. The Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail is also famous for being part of the NC Birding Trail, which features over 150 species of birds. Make sure to bring a camera and keep your eyes peeled! If you would like to spot the diverse flora and fauna while on the walking trail, pick up a map or a guide at the kiosk which is located at the trailhead.
The Chinqua-Penn Walking Trail is truly a special place to visit with your canine by your side. Remember to kindly pick up and dispose of any stray litter, including your pup's waste. Be courteous and greet your fellow hikers as you stroll along the walking trail!