Segment 14B: Land of History
Singletary Lake State Park to Holly Shelter Game Land – Coastal Crescent Route
- Distance: 70.6 miles
Trail Community: Burgaw
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By Kate Dixon and Jim Grode
Explore an area rich in history—from the Revolutionary War to the New Deal and beyond—on this 70-mile route through Bladen and Pender Counties.
This segment is a great place to explore by bicycle as well as on foot as all but a one-mile loop trail in Moores Creek National Battlefield is on roads and multi-use trails.
- Singletary Lake State Park, which began its life as a park in 1936 when the National Park Service bought land for a federally financed work program and recreational demonstration project
- The Elwell Ferry, one of three remaining river ferries in North Carolina
- The Kelly Historical Museum, which shares the history of a community built when the Cape Fear River was the main transportation corridor in this area
- Canetuck’s Community Center, which is housed in a two-room school built in 1921-22 with help from the Rosenwald Fund which funded schools for African Americans throughout the southeast United States
- Moores Creek National Battlefield, the site of the first patriot victory in the American Revolution
- Burgaw, the Pender County seat, whose many historic buildings include the oldest train depot in North Carolina
- Van Eden Road, where Jewish refugees resettled to escape Nazi Germany before the United States entered World War II
- The town of Watha, where the movie The Secret Life of Bees was filmed
- An optional 14-mile loop to Penderlea, which takes you to the first of 152 homestead farms built during the Great Depression to give destitute Americans an opportunity to build a new life
- The white clapboard church and other buildings at Shelter Neck Unitarian Universalist Camp, which was originally built as a school in 1902
- Vast acres of game land along Croomsbridge Road, NC 53, and Shaw Highway leading to Holly Shelter Game Land. Look for Holly Shelter on the 1770s map displayed in the visitor center at Moores Creek National Battlefield.