Arrowhead Trail is located in the main area designated as our Green Space located along Trantham Creek, where the creek follows Fairview Forest Drive between Red Oak Forest and Dogwood Forest Roads. The creek is covered by canopies of dense evergreens (hemlock) in places, and deciduous mixed hardwoods in others. It is the rock substrates, moisture levels, and soil which generally dictate plant communities, and most of the Green Space area along the creek could be considered a fairly rich cove forest.
Green Space Committee
The Green Space Committee is responsible for planning and coordinating improvements to the green space areas within the community, the grounds, entrance and other common areas. The Committee oversees mowing operations on the Clubhouse grounds, side roads and along the main road. The Green Space Committee has been instrumental in an on-going effort to remove debris from the green space and improve Arrowhead Trail.
Property owners and residents who have traversed the trail find the natural striking beauty of the area remarkable. A cairn (small tower of stacked stones) and an Arrowhead Trail sign mark the entrance to the trail across from the intersection of Chestnut Forest Road and Fairview Forest Drive. From there, the trail leads along Trantham Creek down the Mountain and, along the way, one can witness a treasure-trove of canopy trees, understory trees, shrub layers, ferns, wildflowers, and vines. The trail breaks at Black Oak Forest Road, then continues.
Red markers along the rail indicate Arrowhead Trail; yellow circular markers will occasionally mark an alternate trail path for Troll Trail which always rejoins Arrowhead Trail a short distance later. And blue markers indicate an old logging trail path.
For anyone interested in or wanting to learn about plants, the Green Space is a wonderful classroom! Please remember: Unless invasive (see the list below), do not remove any plants from these areas. They are here for the enjoyment of all of us.
Below is a partial list of the many, many plants already recorded along Arrowhead Trail; the list was prepared by Donna Wahmann, Green Space Committee member.
Canopy Trees — Oaks, Tulip Poplar, Red Maple, Black Birch, Hickories, Buckeye, Umbrella Tree (a deciduous forest Magnolia), American Basswood, Beech, Wild Locust, Wild Cherry, Ash, White Pine, and Hemlock
Understory Trees — Sourwood, Witch Hazel, and Dogwood
Shrub Layer — Rosebay Rhododendron, Doghobble, Mountain Laurel, Spicebush, Wild Hydrangea, Elderberry, and Hearts a bustin’.Ferns and their close relatives — Christmas Fern, Bracken Fern, Hay Scented Fern, Northern Maidenhair Fern, Woolly Lip Fern, Grape Fern, and Spleenworts
Herbaceous Layer, (Wildflowers and less notables) — Trilliums, Jack in the Pulpit, Asters, Meadow Rue, Wild Geranium, Bloodroot, Squawroot, Showy Orchis, Puttyroot, Ratttlesnake Plantain, Indian Cucumber Root, Dwarf Crested Iris, Lungwort, Moneywort, Wood Sorrel, Alumroot, Prenanthes, Crowfoot, Yellow Mandarin, Hepaticas, Harbinger of Spring, Baneberry, Toothworts, Black Cohosh, Goatsbeard, Bishops Cap, Ginsing, Saxifrage, Fleabane Daisy, Solomon Seal, False Solomon Seal, Bedstraw, Jewelweed, Goldenrods, Sweet Cicely, Galax, Sedums, and Violas (purple, yellow)
Vines — Virginia Creeper, Grape, and Wild Yam
Nasties — Poison Ivy, Stinging Nettles, and Greenbriar
Invasives — Bittersweet, Multiflora Rose, Microstegyum, Japanese Spirea, Chinese Privet, and Tree of Heaven