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    hiking
    5 days ago

    Nice little loop - great for beginning mountain bikers or trail runners. Leads to the more intermediate Springhouse and advanced Buckeye routes... some good views across the pond. Enjoy!

    Accessed via Wood Duck Way, Springhouse intermediate [some nice uphills] and Buckeye advanced [lots of dips] are great for intermediate and advanced mountain bike riders, as well as good for runners and hikers; just be cognizant of the bikers, because they use it heavily during the weekends. Trail is in great shape, smooth single track and offers multiple terrains. Springhouse has a lot of switchbacks and Buckeye goes furthest from the trailhead so be wary of the time if it's close to sundown. We had to do some trail running as the sun was setting, but got back right after sunset and enjoyed the view across the pond.

    Had trouble with the app even on airplane mode, it kept kicking me off so made several recordings to stitch together. Brumley Nature Preserve is very well maintained for hikers, bikers and runners. Nice smooth trail with some elevation ups and downs. Watch for bikers because they can't get off as easily as a hiker. Springhouse is more intermediate to Wood Duck's beginner status. Enjoy, it can get crowded on the weekends.

    hiking
    muddy
    6 days ago

    Not to be confused with the Raven Rock hike from the state park visitors center, this hike is on the other side of the river, from the horse lot parking area down to the Cape Fear River. It's hard to find the trail once you get past the awesome waterfall and Avent Branch crossing. We took the West Loop and went down along the creek. I don't recommend it in the summer due to downed trees and not really a good trail along the branch - plus during the summer I'm sure it's overgrown. However, if you go along the West Loop Horse Trail, you come to an unmarked left turn that will take you to the same spot where Avent Branch joins the Cape Fear. The trail back to the left is pretty wide so you can't miss it. We combined with the horse loop so found the left turn on the way back. The spot on the river is nice; it's just up from the fish traps. Enjoy!

    hiking
    muddy
    6 days ago

    Really nice trail for hikers, horses/riders, runners. Features a waterfall and a creek crossing - you can hop the rocks between the horse ford and the waterfall easily. Connects to the trail to the river, but it's hard to find if you go along Avent branch. Better and more popular loop than the East Loop. Enjoy!

    hiking
    muddy
    6 days ago

    Nice 4.5 mi. loop forest trail, great for horses and runners. Can be muddy in spots and you'll find horse manure along the trail (it's a horse trail). Hiking in winter you can see through the trees and there are no bugs. West loop is better for sights, but if you want more solitude this is a good trail.

    walking
    11 days ago

    Nice walk from Southern Community Park to Morgan Creek and back in Chapel Hill, NC. Paved urban greenway that offers some escape from the surrounding neighborhoods. Good for running and biking too. Combine it with the Morgan Creek Trail and Merritt's Pasture to get a total of about six miles (if you do the whole length of Morgan Creek Trail to the parking area).

    hiking
    11 days ago

    Morgan Creek Trail takes you to historical Merritt's Pasture which takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Chapel Hill. The high point offers some really nice views and the loop is more like a real trail. The rest of Morgan Creek Trail is a paved greenway along Morgan Creek. It also connects to Fan Branch across a bridge. Combine the two and you can get in about 6 miles. If you want to get off the paved portion along Morgan Creek, just follow the sewer drains as the path cuts right to the parking lot. Fan Branch is more of an urban greenway which also takes you along some neighborhood streets and past a school and sports fields. Both trails are good for biking and running, although you can't bike the Merritt's Pasture loop. Enjoy!

    walking
    11 days ago

    Bolin Creek is a nice walk from the Community Center to just past the intersection with Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd along a paved greenway, good for running and biking. Nice flat trail with some nice bridge work.

    hiking
    1 month ago

    Nice stroll near Forest Theater; if you combine with Battle Branch Trail, you have plenty of parking at the Community Park trailhead. Forest Theater is a great place to unwind and the surrounding trails like Deer Track, Rainy Day Trail, and Sourwood Trail are nice short loops or connectors. While none are long, combine a few to just get away from the university crowds.

    hiking
    1 month ago

    Great easy hike in Chapel Hill, lets you get away from it all, runs from the Community Center to the edge of Battle Park and combined with Forest Theater and surrounding trails makes a really nice outing. Good for trail runs, dog walks and nature trips, enjoy!

    Great hike starting at Hickory Knut Gap on the Bartram Trail. Go across dirt road from parking area and up the cellphone tower road [Bartram Trail] until you take a right turn up Scaly Mtn. You'll take another right where the trail intersects with the trail from the Osage Mtn Overlook on the Dillard Road. The hike is a gradual uphill to the summit with some open balds with views. Nice hike through the woods until you get near the top. Enjoy!

    hiking
    off trail
    private property
    1 month ago

    Will have to come back to this one. Parking is directed to the zipline park. Do not try to hike this one clockwise, as you will get caught up in the zipline park trails and not be able to find the trail. Recommend you hike up the main road past the white picket fence and pick up the trail there. We spent 45 minutes trying to find the trail and ended up going over the zipline park's swinging bridge and then back to the trail head to go to Scaly Mtn instead. Next time will head up the road to the trail past the white picket fence.

    Nice trail connecting and encircling two parks, Orchard and Orenco Woods... Orchard features a frisbee golf course and Orenco some wide open fields and field art plus a cool bridge. Mostly paved and some walking on sidewalks, the trail also has crushed cinder and mulch paths, several cool boardwalk bridges and some beautiful big trees. Both of the parks are great places to spend some time in. Enjoy!

    walking
    2 months ago

    Nice short stroll on pavement and boardwalks, this loop takes you by a nice frisbee golf course, wetlands and through the forest, with places to sit along the way. Good for running, dog walking or just walking.

    Part of the MST, this part starts at the Occoneechee Speedway Trail to the right of the sign at the entrance to the speedway. Just follow the big white circle MST blaze, go through a thicket and cross the brand new wooden bridge to the right. The trail goes though mountain laurel thickets and right along the Eno in spots. An interesting spot is the white rocks on the hill to the right - you will know it when you come to them as the hill is also covered in an interesting plant. At the end near the highway 70 bridge is a bush whack marked with orange ribbons to Hwy 70 and beyond. I checked out the washed out trail under the bridge and did the return back to the trail head. An interesting and ok hike.

    The Occoneechee Speedway is an old NASCAR raceway full of history. A couple of old race cars sit next to the track. On May 2, 2002, this was the third race track only behind the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Bonneville Salt Flats to receive the honor of being in the National Register of Historic Places, On Sept 15, 1968 the Hillsborough 150 was the last race at the speedway, a 167 lap event. The flat 0.9 mile oval is a nice stroll with huge trees on either side, as well as some side trails to the Eno River. Good for running, dog walking or just relaxing.

    These short, easy "traces" encircle the left side of the Occoneechee Speedway Trail, and highlight different historical features associated with the speedway. One is a walk to the "terrace" building emblazoned with a large Pepsi-Cola symbol, another one goes to a "wolf tree" - not sure what the significance is; another goes to Beech Bluff, which is some high ground above the Eno where a once-mighty beech stood that has since split and fallen, and finally one is spectator trace which takes you past the men's room to the grandstand above the track. Not that exciting but a couple of historical signs do contain some interesting information... for example, did you know that the last 100 mile NASCAR race at the track was Sept 25, 1968 and the total purse was only $4,600?

    walking
    2 months ago

    The stroll around Ayr Mount is peaceful and provides a nice mixture of Eno River Valley, meadows, a pond, trees, history and space. Great place to unwind. An easy mile if you have a half hour to spare.

    hiking
    3 months ago

    Great trail, fantastic for kids, trail runners and dog walkers, it is an easy stroll and paved most of the way. Actually the whole river walk is wheelchair/stroller friendly as the unpaved portion is hardpack. The trail passes by several parks and is mostly shaded. The trail can be crowded at times. There are plenty of historical signs along the way, lots of benches and picnic tables, and interesting features like bridges and a real fort. Enjoy!

    Great trail, starts off easy along the historic Hillsborough River Walk and is paved part of the way. Actually the whole river walk is wheelchair/stroller friendly as the unpaved portion is hardpack. The trail passes by several parks and is mostly shaded. This part of the trail can be crowded at times. Once you reach the end [and you don't have to cut through the parking lot as the description says], you cross the road, go over the bridge and take a right into the Occoneechee Mountain park. I took the uphill climb under the power lines and straight up to the overlook for a nice view; plus I didn't want to have to do that at the end when I was tired. 8 miles total is a moderate hike and bring about 2 liters of water and a snack if it's hot outside - it was about 90 when I did it. The mountain trail is nice and challenging. You'll notice some road noise from the I-85 side of the hill but once you get around the mountain, and close to the river, it gets quiet again. Found a neat swimming hole right next to a big rock just past the "State Park Ends Here" sign. Also a neat rock wall in the same area. Realize this is part of the Mountains to Sea [MST] Trail and if you are on the trail, you are not on private property. Don't miss the lower quarry views too; I found a nice lizard on the rocks. Finally you will welcome the easy flat stroll back to the car after all the elevation change along the River Walk. Total trail takes about three and a half hours. Enjoy!

    hiking
    3 months ago

    Gravel road in Duke Forest from Gate 10 to Gate 13. Trail is better for a good workout, trail running or mountain biking. Combine with Couch Mountain Trail from Gate 11, and Couch Mountain Trail to create a 3.7 mile loop.

    hiking
    3 months ago

    Gravel road in Duke Forest to a turnaround at the top of Couch Mountain, no views. Trail is better for a good workout, trail running or mountain biking. Combine with Couch Mountain Trail from Gate 11, and Gate 10 to 13 to create a 3.7 mile loop. This section has a cool uphill or downhill along the power lines.

    hiking
    3 months ago

    Started from Eagle Rock parking lot. Free parking permits from the Weed Patch Mtn website here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parking-at-eagle-rock-in-chimney-rock-state-park-august-2019-tickets-66463059801. You open the gate and pull through and close and lock the gate. Parking is a very short way up the road at the trail head to Eagle Rock. From there, you hike down switchbacks to the Tunnel Trail. We went about 2 miles past that but knew we had a limited amount of time and it would be uphill back. You could see Grey Rock [our original target] and the weed patch on the top of the mountain from Eagle Rock. The rest of the trail was covered in trees so not very many views. The tunnel is a cool place and the Conservancy is planning to extend the trail beyond it a bit. Hike back up is a steady uphill climb. This end of the trail has some sticky spots if you are riding a bike. The trail is well-marked. Definitely worth the view from Eagle Rock.

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