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Piedmont Land Conservancy Gifted 127 Acres

The Piedmont Land Conservancy was recently gifted 127 acres of historic farmland in Forsyth County that will become the Bashavia Creek Preserve.

June 17, 2024

Piedmont Land Conservancy Gifted 127 Acres
Photo courtesy of Piedmont Land Conservancy


The Background of Bashavia Creek Preserve

When 127 acres of land near Pfafftown went up for sale in December 2023, Drs. Peter and Ann Weigl were concerned that the land would become a new housing development. The couple, who had lived near the land for nearly 50 years, bought and gifted the land to the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) to prevent its development.

  • Why it matters: This area in Pfafftown is experiencing growth due to Winston-Salem’s planned Northern Beltway. What could have been a new development is now preserved greenspace for generations.


The Land of Bashavia Creek Preserve

The property is partially farmland and includes a historic farmhouse dating back to 1853. The rest of the property is wooded hillsides, with Bashavia Creek running through the valley.

  • The location: The preserve is only 20 minutes from downtown Winston-Salem, in the Pfafftown area of Northwest Forsyth County, off Kilmurry Hill Rd.


When Will Bashavia Creek Preserve Open?

PLC estimates the preserve will open to the public in 2025 or 2026. Before opening Bashavia Creek Preserve, PLC will complete restoration projects, build hiking trails, and construct a parking area.


More From the Piedmont Land Conservancy

While you wait for Bashavia Creek Preserve to open, consider exploring the PLC’s other preserves, including Knight Brown Nature Preserve, Caraway Creek Preserve, and the Stuart & Emma Thomas Memorial Trail, which is listed in our top places to walk in Winston-Salem guide.


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