The Harris Nuclear Plant in New Hill, NC is currently owned by Duke Energy and produces enough electricity to power 500,000 homes. As a liaison between the plant and the public, Harris set aside several acres as an education center and hiking trails. The center offers scheduled tours that cover the topics of energy production and energy conservation. There are interactive exhibits, most are suited for school-age children. The trails outside have a number of bridges and board walks and move through several ecosystems, including a field and stream. Trees are marked with interpretive signs. The deciduous canopy and beautiful ferns make these trails beautiful in the spring time, and each bend seems to have an interesting fallen tree, moss covered ledge, or little stream to explore. Hope your family gets out to the environmental center soon!
With Love, Turtle Dove
Know Before You Go: The Center is closed on weekends and opens to the public for scheduled tours only. See https://www.duke-energy.com/energy-education/energy-centers-and-programs/harris-energy-and-environmental-center/visit-us to learn more about booking a tour. The trails are open to the public from sun up to sundown each day.
The trails can be difficult to follow, look for white markings and the occasional set of arrow signs.
There are no public restrooms, unless you are there for a scheduled tour.