Abbey Nature Preserve Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wilmington, NC that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Dedicated to the memory of Margaret Abbey Foy Moore, the Foy family has placed 67 acres of undeveloped land into the Coastal Land Trust. It will be used for educational school programs, birding and hiking. As you leave the parking areas, you'll enter the forest across from the livestock barns and enjoy walking along high and dry trails that wind down toward the pond. A short walk will take you on a return trip up the sandy road towards the house. A longer walk will take you across the dam to double back through the woods along the outflow stream and return along the sandy run.
This is a great trail for walking, hiking or running. There is plenty of free parking and it is just off of Highway 17 N.
It is fee free and was dedicated by a great family at the request of their beautiful Daughter. She wanted to share and preserve nature for all to enjoy. We just wanted to say thank you to a wonderful and selfless family. We love Abbey Nature Preserve. Especially the beautiful bridge over the lake and all the benches along the way. We also love the swing, stone wheels and bird houses.
Traci and Mike
The best trail in and around Wilmington. It might be short but if you have a good dog, they can run and interact with other dogs and not be near roads. Mosquitoes aren't usually too bad. And the pond is nice to enjoy on both sides.
Great place for the pups to walk on or off leash, and passed many other walkers and runners. Nice and easy.
If you're looking to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the wild, this is not your place. However, it is great for dog walking, trail running, or just getting out of the house on a nice afternoon. Trails are easy and suitable for all skill levels. The scenery is great, especially in the fall. It takes you through several different varieties of forest environment. It can get a little busy on nice days, but overall a good place for some enjoyable hiking
Beautiful trails, very well taken care of! It's nice to see all the different areas, and everyone who was walking around was friendly and mindful of their dogs. Dogs are allowed off leash but it didn't seem to be a problem! Definitely going back!
Pretty cool. Worth the time.
Nice little looping trail with wide pathways and a long bridge over a scenic pond. Decent amount of foot traffic but nothing crazy, and our pup loved meeting all the other dogs on the trail.
Very easy trails and lots of sniffing and running for pup!
I had the same issue mentioned by others. Unleashed dogs. It protects the dog as well. Just silly to impose on others with a jumping-wet pit bull, and rude. Otherwise, it was beautiful and will enjoy coming back and exploring with my bf.
Nice nature walk, wouldn't call it a hike however. Lots of runners and people with dogs, but everyone was friendly. A few places you could go off the trail a bit which made it more adventurous, but overall its just a well maintained access road on which you follow marked trails. The nice thing is that if you want to get a long walk in, the loops can be doubled or tripled and it's easy to do 5 or even 10 miles back in there.
My girlfriend and I spent nearly two hours on the trails. It was a great walk and not crowded at all since it was late in the day. The trails get dark before the sun sets so an earlier start would have been better. It rained some but we didn't get too wet. It was an all around great time.
was a nice trail for walking. great scenery. not to busy. the dogs loved it
Moderately crowded but everyone was friendly. Lots of dogs, leashed and unleashed. All were very nice.
The trail itself was amazing. The only problem was it was a little crowded today but probably because it's Sunday and there were a lot of unleashed dogs and owners who did not have the courtesy to leash their dogs when they were headed towards other dogs on leash.