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One of the best trails starting from Mt. Sinai Rd near Duke Forest, the Triangle Land Conservancy has really done a great job with the donated land to create a 3 mile loop that covers wetlands, grasslands/fields, forests, streams, wildflowers, wildlife, fish, and a bit of elevation. Well marked, good parking, nice wide mostly smooth trail, great for trail running or just a place to escape. I saw fish in the stream, wildflowers along the way, raspberries, beautiful ferns, a hearty poplar tree growing out of an uprooted stump, and was treated to five deer bounding through the woods right in front of me in a straight line - it was absolutely amazing how fast they can cover uneven ground through dense woods with little or no sound. Various types of benches are well placed along the trail with views. Definitely a great trip for a family outing.

Great trail for an afternoon walk with friends

hiking
1 month ago

Part of Duke Forest, good trail for trail running and walking your dog if you stay on the gravel roads. If you walk the primitive foot trail connector along the creek, expect there to be some scrambling on the rock wall, look for lots of roots, overwash, bugs, and overgrown areas. I suspect this is not maintained and am not a fan of this one.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the first time I've recorded my route and I'm glad I did. The trail was a little confusing and I had to double back a few times. It is very overgrown by the river and it's not clear where to cross the river. There is a tricky part by the river where you have to climb over some rocks. Overall a good hike.

Great kid friendly hike with a variety of terrain.

Nice place for an easy stroll. Pretty overgrown in a couple narrow sections but other than that no complaints. River is littered with sweet rocks to mess around on. Wish I brought my camera.

1 month ago

Great trail! Listed as moderate but I would rate it difficult. Most of the section along the water has a very uneven surface with lots of rocks, roots and fallen trees. Besides that, beautiful woods, lots of wildlife and few other hikers. I highly recommend this trail!

Rhododendron Bluff Circuit is two loops. Start down the gravel fire road from Whitfield Road [park along the side of Whitfield Road]. We took the right turn at the Slick Hill Foot Trail which takes you down another gravel fire road through the woods to a single track extension and where the trail becomes really nice, taking you through some dense woods to the bluff area along New Hope Creek. From there you go along a nice trail along the bluff down to the creek, which for us was about a foot above flood stage, plus we could see where the trail had been washed out from prior deluges. We got a good look at a seven foot black snake, and tried to go around the second loop on the Creek Connector trail along the creek but from the creek's edge with the overwash and steep bluff, there didn't seem to be any way to get around the big rock. So we went back up the High & Dry Trail to the Rhododendron Loop trail which got us back to the second gravel fireroad. From there we took the second loop from the gravel road, walking through woods and a couple of open areas and then hitting Concrete Bridge gravel fire road. Going to the right and downhill on the fire road, the road goes down to the Concrete Bridge across the creek. The water level was flowing over the bridge, but we could walk in an inch of water to the other side. Staying on the original side, the loop trail goes back along the creek, although a lot of washout was evident. We finally got back to the part where we couldn't find a way around the big rock and noticed we could climb up and along the bluff and down through the foliage to get back around. So some scrambling involved. But quite an adventure and probably more navigable when the water level is lower. Enjoy this, seems like a popular route!

nice easy trail. good to walk or stop and relax by the creek

1 month ago

Beautiful very quiet trail. I went on a gorgeous Saturday morning and despite seeing lots of cars parked nearby, I only passed a few people on the trail. Normally moderate hike except one small area off the river where you have to climb up and over some large rocks. Very tricky but only a small portion. Highly recommended

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Runs along the river for the majority of the way. There is some rock crossings along the way that make it a Difficult level but really fun. We did it with our dog who loved it! Can connect to other trails as well.

hiking
2 months ago