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    Ed Neely saved China Creek Trail

    4 months ago

    Ed Neely saved Sterling Pond Trail

    4 months ago

    Ed Neely saved Stowe Pinnacle Trail

    4 months ago

    Ed Neely saved Lye Brook Falls Trail

    4 months ago

    Ed Neely saved Silver Lake Trail

    4 months ago

    Ed Neely saved Emerald Pools Trail (CLOSED)

    about 1 year ago

    Ed Neely saved Angels Landing Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Ed Neely reviewed Deer Park Loop

    about 1 year ago

    You can't find this trail on any of the park maps, but the entrance is clearly marked with a sign with the name and distance. And once you walk it, you'll see it is clearly a carriage trail. Wide, graded and drained.

    A wooden gate is at the entrance along Rich Mountain trail. Slide the center board to unlatch and swing the gate open. Make sure you close and latch it behind you, as you've been walking in a big cow pasture, if you haven't noticed the flops everywhere. If not, check your boots.

    Taking the right side of the loop, we walked around a knoll. A trail forks back to our left, but keep going along a ridge to an acre or two of field with a nice view to the valley below. Then we doubled back. Not a loop, you say? Well, the surprise is yet to come. After all, you've only walked a half mile of a 1.4 mile trail.

    When you get to that fork, go right to begin winding around and then back again on a carriage road only a demim textile baron would have the money or inclination to build. A true road to nowhere, but a fun, beautiful walk or horseback ride. And isn't that the point of Cone's roads?

    Just keep walking and it will lead you back to where you began.

    Ed Neely updated Deer Park Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Ed Neely added Deer Park Loop

    about 1 year ago

    Ed Neely added Vista Point Red Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Ed Neely added Sharp Top Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Ed Neely completed Sharp Top Trail

    about 1 year ago

    Ed Neely saved Abbott Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Ed Neely completed Trout Lake Carriage Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Ed Neely reviewed Mason Farm Biological Reserve

    over 2 years ago

    A permit from the NC Botanical Garden is required to visit this preserve. They will give you further directions. Access to the parking lot involves first crossing a stream that may not be passable at times.

    Also note that AllTrails has NCBG tagged in the map on the wrong side of Fordham Blvd.

    Ed Neely completed North Carolina Botanical Garden

    over 2 years ago

    Ed Neely added ToDo

    over 2 years ago

    Ed Neely reviewed New Hope Overlook

    over 2 years ago

    Ed Neely completed New Hope Overlook Blue Route

    over 2 years ago

    Ed Neely added Flat Rock Manor To Fire Tower

    almost 3 years ago

    Ed Neely added Twice Around

    almost 3 years ago

    Ed Neely completed Green Knob Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Ed Neely saved Green Knob Trail

    about 3 years ago

    Ed Neely reviewed Lower Haw River State Natural Area Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    One of my favorite local trails. You can hike either bank, but I prefer the eastern side.

    The best times to hike are during the winter or very early spring.

    There are parking lots on both sides of the US-64 bridge, both accessed from the east-bound lane. On the western side, take the access road before the bridge. On the eastern side, cross the bridge and be prepared to turn in.

    Ed Neely reviewed Johnston Mill Nature Preserve Trail

    almost 4 years 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.

    Ed Neely added Pretty much did it all

    almost 4 years ago

    Ed Neely completed Old Field Bluff Trail

    almost 4 years ago

    Ed Neely saved Raven Rock Loop Trail

    almost 4 years ago