Piedmont Environmental Center is 4 mi. e. on Lexington Ave., following signs to 1220 Penny Rd. This 376-acre nature preserve offers 8 miles of hiking trails and a topographical map that allows visitors to walk across a scale-size model of North Carolina. Environmental education and nature programs are offered in the education building as well as along the hiking trails. Deer, foxes, raccoons, owls, migratory songbirds and waterfowl live within the preserve.