Some say all publicity is good publicity and that’s especially true of good publicity – which is exactly what the Guilford County Parks Department is getting from the “North Carolina Weekend” show on PBS.

The show highlights some of the state’s best attractions.

County officials were very pleased to find that Guilford County’s own Company Mill Preserve would be featured in the first episode of PBS’s weekend series focusing on the “Year of the Trail.”

In the past decade, county parks staff has put in a whole lot of time and effort enhancing Company Mill Preserve, which was highlighted in the episode along with the Fonta Flora State Trail and Elkin Valley trails.

In the piece, Company Mill Preserve is called a “really wonderful spot,” and the scenic bridges and old mill are highlighted.

This Preserve in southern Guilford County is 240 acres of scenic outdoor land next to Hagan-Stone Park. According to county parks officials, this preserve was “uniquely designed to provide outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to view the multitude of wildlife and historical structures that can be found along the trail.”

The first phase of development of the trail system at Company Mill featured natural elements along with historical attractions. It opened in 2017.

The second phase was completed in 2019.

Walking the trail is considered “moderately challenging” and hikers will “immediately feel immersed in nature.”

The trail is open year-round. Dogs are welcome – however, you must keep Fido on a leash.

Parking is available at Hagan-Stone Park at the end of Cedar Road.

During 2023, PBS is highlighting 10 trails from across the state.  Shows can be seen at as well as on PBS.

The NC General Assembly has designated 2023 as the “Year of the Trail,” and the year is being used to celebrate North Carolina’s extensive network of greenways and blueways that help lure a lot of outdoorsy visitors to the state each year.

The Year of the Trail – an effort led by the Great Trails State Coalition– is the largest statewide celebration of trails and outdoor recreation in North Carolina’s history.

The PBS series showcases the state’s diverse landscapes – everything from mountaintop views to small river banks, coastal forests and a constantly growing statewide greenway.