NC 751 Scenic Road
(Component 9 of New Hope Corridor Open Space Master Plan)
Description and Special Features
In the News
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Text from 1991 New Hope Corridor Open Space Master Plan
Existing Land Use & Ownership
Future Land Use
Component 9 is almost completely within Duke Forest. Most of this land was classified by the Duke Land Resources Committee as Category 1, Permanent Research Forest Land (i.e., not to be sold for a period of 50 years). One area, east of NC 751 in the vicinity of the US 15-501 Bypass, is classified as Category 2, Research Project Land, which means that the land is protected at least for the short term but use may change in the future.
Duke Forest in this vicinity is mostly uplands, since Mud Creek has reached its point of origin above Erwin Road. Some areas of biologic significance have been described in the Orange County Inventory. However, the main reason for the proposed NC 751 Scenic Road is the preservation of this stretch of public road in its present forested character. This is a valuable type of “open space,” tied not directly to any specific natural value, but to the value of a pleasant driving experience in a rapidly urbanizing part of North Carolina. Extensive examples of the legacy of timely parkway planning exist in many of our large urban areas.
Recommendations for Protection & Use