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Piedmont Environmental Center

1220 Penny Road

Piedmont Environmental Center (PEC) provides programs and a place to learn, conserve and enjoy the natural world through hands on experiences emphasizing the interrelated and fragile nature of life. 


PEC's mission is to get students outside. The 11 miles of foot trails and Bicentennial Greenway pass through 376 acres of beautiful hardwood and pine forests and lakeside habitats.


  • 8 miles of natural trails and access to the Bicentennial Greenway

  • Auditorium

  • Classroom

  • Educational classes for all ages, school groups and individual programs

  • North Carolina Mapscape - 70 by 30 foot walk-on topographic relief map

  • Small animal exhibits


Tony R

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Year round...our favorite daily escape. Good for rendering your dog into this happy condition.

S Hawks

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016
Many trail marker posts were pulled out of the ground. A couple foot bridges need repair as do a number of benches. The water from the fountain at the snack area tastes awful. The trail we took was pretty tidy and of moderately easy difficulty at a little less than 3 miles round. A few nice views of the lake that had geese.


Sunday, May 22, 2016
I don't have any idea what this place is really like, 'cause I'm usually there at or after closing time, but I LOVE the walking trails! They're clearly marked, and it's nice to be able to get onto the Greenway or to wander through the more woodsy trails around the lake. Very dog-friendly and feels safe. The trails are on Google Maps, too, which makes navigation super easy.

Stephen Briggs

Monday, March 20, 2017
Good walking trails here. You can also ride a bike on the paved greenway.

Cassandra Davis

Friday, July 21, 2017
Watch out for yellow jackets if you venture off a trail! Can get a bit crowded at times but is beautiful.

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