dogs on leash
Sridutt B. on Johnston Mill Nature Preserve Trail
Nice walk in the woods along a stream. Serene and relaxing.
The directions are not correct in the link. This link takes you to the parking area off of Mt. Sinai Rd.
The main trails are gravel roads, but there are trails that shoot off into the woods once you are down near New Hope Creek. Good area for kids and dogs since the main trails are wide and easy to navigate.
There is parking on both Mt. Sinai and Turkey Farm roads. Robin's Trail runs between them, which is what I assume the description means by "a trail." In fact, this preserve has a series of trails, not just one.
My track and several others show a loop you can take. We walked the length of Robin's trail, from Mt. Sinai to Turkey Farm, then doubled back. At Beach Loop, we took a left and halfway around, turned left onto Old Field Bluff trail and took that to the end back on Robin's trail. The Alltrails app showed it to be almost 5 miles, when I factor in that I started a bit down the trail from the parking lot.
At any rate, it's a very nice hike with a great selection of mixed hardwoods and a few loblolly pines. Three creeks join together and there are nice bridges across all of them. This is suitable for running, as well, if you watch for the occasional root or rock. There were plenty of runners out today.
Mark S. on Johnston Mill Nature Preserve Trail
Easy hike. Not much up and down. Total distance about 3.5 miles. Mostly wooded with a few open spots.
The main trail is horrible, for Duke Forest found it more important to gravel everything for their 4-
wheel drives and to clear-cut along the main "trail," than to preserve a natural environment. That being said, however, if you can locate the side single tracks along New Hope Creek, there are a number of worthwhile climbing moments....Also, whenever there are rains that bring New Hope Creek up for kayaking, it is one of the best class 3 runs around!