Looking for a great trail in Carolina North Forest, North Carolina? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 5 easy trails in Carolina North Forest ranging from 2 to 3.2 miles and from 498 to 570 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
8 days ago

This is my go to daily trail! My dog and I absolutely love it! It’s fairly low trafficked and fairly peaceful. It doesn’t have that much elevation so if you want a more challenging trail I would go to old crow. I don’t understand why people give such bad ratings for the north forest trails.. it’s quiet and you don’t run into people every 10minutes like the others around here. Highly recommend!

Definitely more of a mountain biking trail, but lots of fun with the hills and twists. Nice length of hike and super quiet. We passed a small handful of people.

hiking
2 months ago

this isn't a forest, uts more like a park, tamed, watered down, a shadow of what a forest should be

mountain biking
2 months ago

One tree is down.

hiking
2 months ago

Light traffic, good condition.

lovely trail, clear markings snd numbered trail, and very few people..wondering if the lame is swimmable!

hiking
muddy
off trail
4 months ago

Good trail, but needs to be updated and marked not only on the trail but in the app. I spent more time looking at the app trying make sure I was on the right trail and going the right way. If trail was up to date I would have give it 4 out of 5.

hiking
4 months ago

Trails in the Carolina North Forest are confusing but the hike was nice.

hiking
4 months ago

There are so many little trails off occoneechee, it’s fun to just get a little “lost”

trail running
muddy
4 months ago

I love this trail for running! Lots of tight turns and hills in beautiful woods. Pine to hardwood transitions in the thicket are breathtaking. It’s rained quite a bit the day prior, and was pretty muddy, but all the more fun.

Confusing. Beautiful forest, but too many trails that are not clearly or regularly blazed made this a disappointing hike. We couldn’t figure out which trail was ours and eventually wound up abandoning the hike for the quickest way back out. Would be lovely with regular and consistent blazes.

6 months ago

the trail was beautiful definitely will go again ♥️

hiking
blowdown
muddy
washed out
6 months ago

I run this trail a lot and never get tired of its twists and turns. Hills are rolling for the most part.

hiking
8 months ago

trail running
11 months ago

There is a numbered trail marker going from 1 to 17 (starting at the Sewell Elementary School parking lot. There are many forks and one needs to watch for the arrow to stay on the loop. At the end (right after #17 marker), it's easy to miss the path to the parking lot. It's a relatively flat stroll through the woods and great for hiking and trail running.

mountain biking
Saturday, July 14, 2018

Good trail but runs in to a neighborhood

hiking
Friday, July 13, 2018

Very nice trail! Only downside is that it's shared with mountain bikers, so you have to keep an eye out for them.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Awesome place

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great trail. Lots of twists and turns. Not very steep. Great for dog walking

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Great trail but badly marked. Plan extra time because very easy to get lost in these woods. I accidentally added 1 mile my first time. Beautiful woods, often very quiet trails.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Bad trail signs so a little confusing but great walk. Varies between gravel and dirt in different sections. Great for dogs

walking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

Carolina North Forest is a beautiful, expansive forest preserve right in the middle of Chapel Hill. There are so many trails you can easily walk anywhere from 1 to 10 miles, depending on your route. The trails are well maintained but not exceptionally well marked. If you start at Sewell Elementary School, there is a trail map; I took a photo with my phone and referred to it while I walked. You can also access from multiple other entry points, including Wilson Park (follow the red trail to the yellow trail from there and you will eventually get to Bolín Creek. One main trail artery is the Bolin Creek OWASA (sewer) easement which runs along Bolin Creek for a few miles. If you get disoriented, you can always make your way back to the creek. Overall, Carolina North Forest is a great place to spend many afternoons--great for trail running, hiking, picnicking, dog-walking, mountain biking and walking with kids.

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