The Carl Alwin Schenck Memorial Forest is a 245 acre forest located in western Wake County about 10 minutes from the NC State campus. It is managed by NC State as a teaching and research forest to demonstrate the multiple benefits generated by an actively- managed forest.
Schenck Forest also plays a vital role as an outdoor laboratory for a number of academic programs including forestry, botany, ecology, soils, recreation and wildlife biology. In addition, research studies in the areas of tree growth, genetics, hydrology and wildlife habitat are underway in the forest.
The forest is a popular recreation site for Raleigh residents who enjoy the solitude of the woods. Visitors can walk the well-maintained trails to enjoy birdwatching and wildlife, see a managed forest that shows successional stages and enjoy the well-maintained picnic facilities. The Frances L. Liles Trail is most frequently used by the public. This trail passes through a number of sites where a variety of management practices are being employed, including those to support different wildlife habitats and encourage specific plants and animals.
Visitors are welcome at Schenck Forest, but no dogs or bicycles are permitted.
Learn more about the forest, including directions, species lists, current weather conditions, and the rules by visiting the Piedmont Forest Work Crew Website. If you have questions about usage of this property, please contact Liz Snider.