Ramsey Canyon is different from the various canyons in the area because it's operated by the Nature Conservancy. The trails are well-maintained, there's a brochure that provides info at numbered stops, and there are NC staffers in and around the visitors' center who can provide great information on not just Ramsey, but the other wildlife hot spots in the area. We were there in mid-May and saw mule deer, a gorgeous flock of wild turkeys, and quite a few other birds. The old cabin and house from one of the families who used to inhabit the canyon are still standing, and the background information on living here is also interesting. Best of all for me was that there is water in the stream year-round, so it was a lovely respite after a week in the desert (if you're like me, after visiting the desert from a more humid, green part of the country you might find yourself craving green leaves, big trees, and water). Definitely worth a visit. The parking lot has been expanded, so it has quite a few spots now. NOTES: bring your own water -- here's a nice little NC gift shop, but they do not sell water. Also, you'll need to pack out whatever trash you generate. No pets. There's a $5 fee, but it's good for a week. CLOSED Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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