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'Frisky Business' Putting Local Nature Trail Out of Business

Posted February 8, 2008

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— It's a get-back-to-nature place, but it's also a place where some have taken those words to what some call a shocking extreme.

The Indian Creek Nature Trail along Jordan Lake has been a trouble spot for nudity and sexual solicitation for years, officials say.

And because the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission doesn't have enough officers to handle the problems there, the road leading to its entrance and the parking lot for the trail is closed indefinitely.

That's causing a problem for the New Hope Audobon Society, which for 20 years had a viewing platform on an Island at Indian Creek.
The platform blew down in a storm last year, and the group planned to rebuild it.

In light of the illegal activities, however, chapter President Marsha Stephens says the society is considering other locales nearby.

"(Bird-watching) is a very important part of what we do," Stephens said. "We do citizen science, and we want to see what happens to the population of birds."

She calls the naughty behavior an "unfortunate coincidence," referring to the loss of the viewing platform.

Local resident Robert Green says he would just as soon the road stay closed.

"It's just so much stuff going on back in those woods that we just don’t need it open," he said. "We really don't."

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  • bigredtruckman Feb 11, 2008

    Well, the lady DID say she wanted to see some "birds".

    In an odd way, it seems "old fashioned" and kind of creepy that these people have to go trolling parks for hookups. Haven't they heard of the internet? There are plenty of opportunities on there for sure. I'm all for people doing whatever they want to do, but geesh... get a room already.

  • simplelogic Feb 11, 2008

    Well, it's a "wildlife" viewing area! Maybe some folks think that others want to view them conducting their wild lives. Can't argue that it isn't natural, or educational either, for that matter.

  • haggis basher Feb 11, 2008

    Don't have toilets at RDU for these folks you wish to solicitate?

    its ridiculous that they have to close a bird watching site because of this. A little aggressive policing should make it clear that this is not acceptable behaviour in a public place.
    Get a room!