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Beautiful on a sunny afternoon in late fall. Our whole family loved walking along the creek.

It's a pleasant trail with nice variety. Skip the Bluebird leg - everything else is more interesting.

Nice easy trail with many places to stop and sit.

One of our favorites. Specially nice in the late fall to early spring when you can appreciate the views through the mature hardwood stands.

I was looking forward to this trail but went on a Thursday in October and tail closed.

Beautiful!! We saw 3 deer quite close along with a beautiful fawn. An amazing trail like this is quite a nice find! I'll def go again!

This trail is fantastic. A hidden gem. Thanks to the Triangle Land Conservancy!

8 months ago

Nice walk in the woods along a stream. Serene and relaxing.

Easy to access from 40 yet has rural feel and no road noise. Super easy--toddlers can walk this trail. Lots of cute dogs! After a rain the creek is rushing and beautiful. Great for a quick getaway from the real world!

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.

2 years ago

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!

If you hike Robin's Trail to the end and then pick up Beech Loop/Old Field Bluff Trail on the return trip, the hike is in the neighborhood of 4-4.5 miles.

rock climbing
3 years ago

Good trails for kids and wildlife. Bears,Deer, Cranes, Coyote, Wolves, Bobcats, Fish and Birds.