Johnston Mill Nature Preserve Trail

EASY 18 reviews

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chapel Hill, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles 254 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve is owned and managed by the Triangle Land Conservancy and offers 4.1 total miles of trails accessible from two parking areas. While the trails may total 4.1 miles, a typical hike will average 2 to 3 miles depending on the route taken.

8 days ago

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

12 days ago

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

15 days ago

Nice easy trail with many places to stop and sit.

hiking
16 days ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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!

4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

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

5 months ago

walking
8 months ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

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!

hiking
1 year ago

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1 year ago

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1 year ago

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.

hiking
2 years ago

Easy hike. Not much up and down. Total distance about 3.5 miles. Mostly wooded with a few open spots.

3 years ago

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.

hiking
4 years ago

Nice trail! Several different loops. The big one is the 3 miler. All trails use this spot as a walk in. Free parking for about 8 or 10 cars i'd estimate. Well worth the trip, it's really beautiful with many side trails leading to nice benches overlooking the winding stream in the area.

hiking
4 years ago

Nice trails close to chapel hill