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Governor Morehead Park – Eden NC

Barnett Canal
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.4 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  This is a good spot to check out for those that like history or for those who just want to get out and relax on a nice day. The open ... more »

Tips:  Bring water and a snack. If you plan to spend a lot of time on site, be aware that there are no bathrooms there, though there are gas... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trail head parking

Parking is across the street from the old Spray Mill (a large brick complex that is hard to miss). Currently the Dan River Basin Association as well as Three River outfitters and Troublesome Creek outfitters have offices in the mill.

2. Barnett Canal

The Barnett Canal is to the north of the parking lot. This canal once powered the Spay Mill complex earlier mentioned. The canal is still used to generate power today that is sold back to local power companies.

3. Interpretive marker.

This tells the story of the ruins of Morehead’s mill, including its use during the Civil War. History buffs may want to take a quick walk along the sidewalk after this tirp to view two nearby historical makers: one of the canal and one for the creation of calcium carbide.

4. The remains of the mill

Much of the mill is gone, but some of the walls still remain. You can walk up and explore the walls but please note the signs warning against climbing. Additional ruins can be seen on the opposite side of the creek later on in the walk.

5. Bridge

The view from the bridge is very picturesque. If you look closely you can see not only the rocks one would typically expect to find in the stream but also bricks and pipes left over from the mill. Red tail hawks, blue herons and other birds may also be seen from this locality.

6. “Waterfall”

When the canal is releasing water it creates a nice waterfall, best viewed from this spot. If there is no water flowing, as in the picture, it is a good spot to get a look at how the canal was engineered