Loblolly Trail is a 9.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Raleigh, NC: Reedy Creek Section: About 0.5 miles north of I-40 at Exit 287 (Harrison Ave). After passing the park entrance, take an immediate left into the parking area. Park maps can be obtained at a kiosk located in the back-right corner as you enter the parking lot. After passing the park entrance, take an immediate left into the parking area. Trail begins on the back east side of the parking area (on the right side).
Nice long out-and-back. Like all Umstead trails, it is beautiful, but very well traveled.
nice trail. take note distance is inaccurate on state website and umstead map. GPS had me close to 8 miles from parking lot to turnaround at Park boundary.
Starting at the back right corner of the parking lot at the Reedy Creek N. Harrison Blvd. entrance to Umstead State Park, this blue square blazed trail starts downhill and offers some elevation gain, creeks, woods, wildlife, and ponds. You can go out as far as you want, even deep into Schenk Forest. The State Park website lists it as 2.7 miles one-way to the park boundary, but after that you come to the end to the state trail, the trail joins the Richland Creek trail around Richland Lake and into Schenk Forest at Reedy Creek road. Make sure you take a right on the Reedy Creek Greenway when you reach the road if traveling from the trailhead, as the trail is not well marked at this point. You go about 100 yards to the road crossing to the left into Schenk Forest. I had a beautiful, but hot 87 degree day and went about 8.4 miles total. I took 1.5 liters of water and needed all of it. There are some benches along the way nearer to the trailhead and adding more benches at strategic spots further down the trail would be a great Boy Scout project, especially at the ponds. A pretty good trail with lots of variety and gives you a good workout. Saw a six foot black snake trying to climb a poplar tree, a toad and lots of lizards, lots of fish in the pond, and the trail was moderately crowded. Once you got past the first pond, traffic was non-existent. The out and back took me about 3 hours and twenty minutes total. Check it out!
It's a nice walk and pretty relaxing. not to mention it's close enough to me if I wanted to just go one day
The only thing not great about this trail is the anti climactic end if you don't continue on into Shenck. The first mile is great for beginners. The pond is a nice diversion.