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At the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh is one of the only art-nature trails in the country. The trail, which opened in 2005, is dotted with art inspired by the natural world such as a giant brambly structure by Patrick Dougherty and a whirligig by Vollis Simpson. The two-mile trail ends in a pedestrian stone bridge over the Raleigh Beltline that connects it with miles of Raleigh greenway trails.
Part of the Lake Raleigh Woods Nature Preserve is being is the site of the new North Carolina State Chancellor’s new home. Randy Woodson says that he needs a private place to secure donations for the university. Residents who use the preserve say that the university is violating its agreement to restrict development in the preserve. Known as The Point, the new chancellor’s house will provide space to host up to 250 people at fundraising events and the site will cut off popular hiking trails.