Brushy Face was already a 1.5-mile trail network popular for it’s birding, but Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust staff and volunteers finished off a .5-mile extension last week and is now open to the public.
HCLT Stewardship Coordinator Kyle Pursel said the property is unique in that there’s old growth with trees over going undisturbed for over a century.
“It’s a nice patch of forest, and with 74-acres we have the space for it,” said Pursel. “It’s a different kind of forest with streams throughout the trail and huge White Pines. Now it’s a longer trail hike through the woods.”
The tops of the towering White Pines are gnarled from branches breaking and regrowing in constant wind.
HCLT staff and volunteers like Jim Chance began the extension in the fall of 2019. Rains and bad weather throughout winter slowed progress down, and then coronavirus slowed things down even more.
The land was donated to the Land Trust by residents in the neighborhood who banded together and purchased it from a developer, and is now under the care of the HCLT. Pursel said plans are in the works for another extension coming in the future.
From Highlands head down Highway 28 for approx. 1.5 miles and turn right onto Brushy Face Road, then turn left on Pineland Road and look for parking signs next to trailhead.
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Pictured at the top of the article is HCLT Stewardship Coordinator Kyle Pursel putting the finishing touches on the trail extension that was finished last week and is open to the public.