Calloway Forest Preserve, in Hoke County, has room for both hunters and hikers on its more than 3,000 acres, including a large stand of stately longleaf pine. The preserve was originally bought as part of efforts to protect the red-cockaded woodpecker.
Calloway Forest Preserve, in Hoke County, has room for both hunters and hikers on its more than 3,000 acres, including a large stand of stately longleaf pine. The preserve was originally bought as part of efforts to protect the red-cockaded woodpecker. tgoldsmith@newsobserver.com
Calloway Forest Preserve, in Hoke County, has room for both hunters and hikers on its more than 3,000 acres, including a large stand of stately longleaf pine. The preserve was originally bought as part of efforts to protect the red-cockaded woodpecker. tgoldsmith@newsobserver.com

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