Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge Trails Professional Review and Guide
"At first glance, the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge appears as a natural landscape. In fact, the heavily wooded hills and valleys represent the culmination of years of effort to restore land devastated by ruinous agriculture. During the Depression, submarginal lands like these were purchased by the federal government, retired from farming, and science-based restoration efforts initiated.
It was through this initiative that the 35,000-acre Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 by the federal Resettlement Administration. Today, the refuge is home to many wildlife species, including more than 200 kinds of birds, and is testimony to the value of preserving and restoring the natural heritage of the Southern Piedmont."