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Great place for a peaceful walk. Nice wooded and paved trails. Nice ppl and a great dog walking spot.

Great little circuit. The views are surprisingly good for The triangle area.

Nice, easy trail and that is very accessible and will look nice in the fall. Great for kids!

A great moderate trail. Ups and downs make the trail better but then just an easy walk. A nice overlook helps the ambiance. Take the dog and take kids over 8.

My husband and I hike this trail almost every weekend. It gets more populated after 9 am, but it still quite enjoyable. We typically bring our dog and see many other dogs on the trail. Great hike, especially for how close it is to Hillsborough!

Loved this trail! Hard to find because it’s hidden behind an apartment complex but if you can find it, it’s great!

Very easy walk in a wooded area.

1 month ago

Awesome easy trail, lots of wildlife, paved trail, great lake views.

1 month ago

Wonderful little hike on a paved trail around a small pond and park area. Recommended for all levels.

1 month ago

Great paved trail for a little stroll.

on Lake Pine Loop

1 month ago

Great trail for everything from hiking, running, and family walks. 2 mile paved loop, with a nice dirt trail close to the lake.

hiking
2 months ago

great but short interpretive trail in duke forest. simple, but educational and a good look at the scope of the Piedmont. it seems some posters have missed the trail completely and only walked on the fire road. that's too bad.

great interpretive trail in Duke Forest

I do this trail so often. it is my favorite loop in the Triangle.

Love this walk. My sister lives in the neighborhood and we walked it the other day!

heavily trafficked and difficult to maneuver around pedestrians. Pro is that there is a lot of dogs. Khan is that everything smells like pee LOL

Wonderful trails with so much to see both man-made and natural. Fun to explore. Always clean and well taken care of. Beautiful area.

Moderately challenging trail, but not so difficult that you wouldn’t want to bring children. Dog friendly but be prepared to bring water for your dog as there aren’t any water fountains.

The incline is decent but not too difficult. The trail is a series of loops that lead to different vantage points and adjacent river walks. The views at the top is nice, but not amazing; with plenty of large boulders you could sit down and rest.

3 months ago

Did this combined with symphony lake. Great hike, with easy walking. Recommend for any skill level.

The trail goes under and follows high tension power lines. At one point you travel under the metal tower legs of the power lines. The trail is not well maintained. You can hear the interstate highway at every point on the trail. The overlook trail takes you to the edge of an old rock quarry that overlooks the power lines. Not exactly a commune with nature. Can't figure out how this became a North Carolina State Park.

Perfect easy hike,

One of my favorite places to walk. The new NCMA Park is beautifully designed and welcoming. Plenty of paths/trails to walk on even when it’s busy. And you get to look at art for free! Only issue right now is that there are no restrooms outside, so when the museum is closed there are no restrooms in the park. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.

A relatively quick, and moderately challenging trail, with a nice variety of views. I use this as my go-to training trail as I ramp up my carry weight. There's a fair amount of traffic here, including people out for a walk and folks with their dogs (no complaints from me on that count!). This is only problematic in some stretches of the trail that can be fairly narrow. The views transition nicely between tree canopies, the Eno River, a former rock quarry, and then a worthwhile panoramic view from the top. As a heads up: Don't expect a jaw-dropping view of the river. This stretch is very brown, and offers barely perceptible movement. Better river views can be had a few miles away at Eno River State Park if that's your preference. I suggest starting the trailhead at the top of the parking lot, instead of the one down the gravel road. The start takes you fairly close to I-85, and you'll hear a good bit of traffic noise for the first 10-20 minutes, but the further you get into the woods the more it fades away into the sounds of nature. It's cathartic. You feel like you're actually taking a mini-break from society. Plus that way you don't have end by coming *back* to highway sounds. The trail winds up a steady incline, before winding down to the river. At that point it starts a steeper climb back up. You can hop off on a little spur to check out the old quarry, or continue up a steep incline toward some power lines, before entering back into the woods. An optional climb to the top will provide the great view you see represented in the photos. Fair warning: This trail system is very accessible, so you will find a good and steady number of other guests there who will be far less sweaty than you. The rest of the trail is fairly easy. After a moderate incline through a beautiful tree canopy, you'll crest a hill where the trees start to open up. From there it's an easy, gentle walk back down, highlighted by two ponds you can optionally stop off to look at. All-in-all, it's a great little hike that has a little bit of everything.

trail running
3 months ago

I love this trail because it's short, it's a loop, and it's usually pretty quiet. I love taking my dogs here and I like to read the labels on the trees

Nice walk in the woods. Narrow trail. I would go again later in the day and let someone else clear out the spiderwebs. I would also be more careful about following the blazes as the signs were a bit confusing. I wish I had taken a map with me.

Trail came as advertised with some good views as well as a short walk along the Eno river. There was one unobstructed view if you took a side path to a look out area. The cliff that you overlook is a by product of a long ago quarry and you would not know it without the signage. All in all a good hike while not extremely strenuous enough ups and downs to get your blood flowing.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice 2 mile paved trail around the lake. The trail itself is easy and wide enough for passing foot track and bicyclists. It has restrooms and offers scented doggy bags through the trail. I have found it to be most busy in the morning into the early afternoon with joggers and swift walkers. Best time I've discovered to go with less traffic is around happy hour, apparently priorities change in NC as the day goes on :) Its a great trail if you want a glimpse of wildlife. I've seen deer, otters, loons, cranes, and turtles near the bank. It also has a couple of nature trails off of the paved trail if you're one of those, as I am, who desire to take the path less traveled.

The whole thing a wide gravel road

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