History of our Bluebird Trail

Bill Abbey Inspects NestboxCharles (Bill) Abbey moved to Clemmons in 1980. Attracted to Tanglewood Park by its diverse walking opportunities he soon discovered an existing, though unkempt, bluebird trail on the Park. Interested, he inquired about the trail and was soon invited to, “Have a go at restoring it to its intended purpose."

In the thirty years that have passed, the trail has been reestablished using currently approved nestboxes and mounting guidelines. It has grown from very few productive boxes to a hundred or more and has now settled into the distinctly more productive forties.

Abbey states that “Over the years as a N.C. Bluebird Society volunteer, I have become more attuned to what bluebirds are seeking for habitat and location. I allow two years for a box to attract and produce the bird. If a box doesn’t produce well, it's gone! I move it to another spot.”

Bill Abbey Inspects NestboxAbbey’s tactic seems to have worked quite well. See the Ten-Year Production Summary. Bluebird nesting begins in late March and continues through early August. At the end of each nesting season, Abbey compiles his collected nesting data and forwards the research to Cornell University where it is used to help evaluate the fitness of the species which has been under severe stress for much of the past forty years.


General Park Information

  • Pets must be under control of their owner and kept on a leash no longer than six feet at all times. All pets must have current inoculations for rabies. Pets must be kept and never left unattended. Pet owners are responsible for their pets using the designated waste area and cleaning up after their pets at the designated area.
  • Golf, Horse Stables, Hiking Trails and Accommodations are available year-around.
  • Gardens are open year-around. Blooming seasons vary.
  • Tennis activities are available from April to November.
  • Water activities can be enjoyed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Entrance Fee:
    • $8.00 - Passenger Vans and Buses
    • $2.00 - All other vehicles
    Annual passes can be purchased at the Welcome Center for $50.00 for passenger vans and buses and $25.00 for all other vehicles. Entrance fees and annual passes do not include admission to special events.