Peabody Park Woods is the mixed hardwood forest bounded by North Drive on the south, Grey Drive on the west, West Market Street on the north, and McIver Street on the east and part of a 34-acre tract of land at the northern end of UNCG’s campus. It is a vital refuge for a wide variety of animals and plants characteristic of the Piedmont region of the eastern United States, and it serves as a pleasant retreat for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

The Woods contain a diversity of early- and late-successional tree species that range in size from young saplings to large canopy trees. The canopy tree species, such as oaks, hickories, maples, beech, elm, tulip poplar, shortleaf pine are native to the North Carolina piedmont, as are the subcanopy tree species, such as dogwood, pawpaw, redbud (Conservation Biology project summary, 1995). The Park is also home to a number of perennial herbs (Peabody Park Biological Survey, 1998). These include Trillium spp., Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum biflorum), Crane-fly orchid, wild ginger, liverworts, and horsetail (Equisetum hyemale). The horsetail population is one of only two known populations in Guilford County (M. Bates, NC Plant Conservation Program, pers. comm.). Peabody Park is also home to many animals, particularly bird species.

The Park lies on land that is topographically variable. Two small creeks run through and unite in the Park. These creeks receive stormwater runoff from the UNCG campus and from the neighboring area around Tate St. The water from these creeks drain into North Buffalo Creek, on the north side of Friendly Avenue.


This site strives to be useful for the both the University and Greensboro communities. Here you can explore the history of the park, look at a map, learn about the Peabody Park Preservation Committee, get on the email list for the Ivy Pulls, view species lists in our field guide, see photos of many plants and animals, and get answers to your most burning questions of “What is that?”

Peabody Park brochure