Sherwood offers ample opportunities for staying active. Exploring the 20+ miles of trails will take you into the silences and shadows that calm the soul and feed the spirit. Some of the trails climb steeply, with heart-pumping results. Other trails meander along streams and lakes, offering a more restful experience. There is very little traffic on our narrow roads, which makes walking the neighborhoods a pleasant and friendly experience, too.
Swimming in the cool lakes on a hot day can be heavenly. Community-owned boats are available to residents, to appreciate the plants that grow along the lake banks. Like everywhere else in Sherwood Forest, the lakes still afford a quiet and tranquil environment for wildlife, including snapping turtles, the occasional snake, ducks, and of course fish swimming below the surface.
Golf at Sherwood is a little different. Our 18-hole, par 3 course is lined with bluebird boxes. Some of the roughs are wildflower beds. Almost half of the course lies along the banks of the Little River. Occasionally, there are llama caddies, who gained celebrity status after appearing on CNN. These gentle animals live nearby and are specially trained to carry golf clubs and bags. Golfing with a llama is a memorable experience for anyone, but is a unique treat for a grandchild, wedding party or visiting guest.
Some of us love to mountain-bike in nearby Dupont Forest, others may train for a triathalon, many play tennis or pickleball. Still others fly-fish in Pisgah Forest or branch out to kayak down the French Broad River. Here we have the luxury of our surroundings and the time to enjoy them.