Explore the most popular birding trails in Duke Forest Korstian Division with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Basically a nice 4 mile loop on gravel fire roads in lush and quiet Duke Forest. Some nice gradual ups and downs to a concrete bridge and another to a wooden bridge, and connected by a short stint on Whitfield Road between Wisteria and Sunrise at the fire station. I saw 5 skinks along the route, 1 blue-lined, 3 gray and 1 giant red skink - May must be the time they come out. Great place for a morning stroll, trail run or walking your dog. Not my idea of a real hike, but good place to get away. Good parking along Whitfield road on either end of the Whitfield Road segment; if one is crowded, try the other one.

Nice moderate walk with nice creek views and a bluff

it is perfekt to go with dog and without dog.

Best trail I’ve done in the triangle so far. The rock scrambles were a nice surprise and the overall walk was great.

trail running
1 month ago

Loved it! This really felt more like a playground than a trail. I had loads of fun scrambling along the rocks on the bank, running up the hill near the entrance multiple times bc I missed the very obvious turn off to where I parked, and finding different ways to land in the stream (note: I highly recommended using the cheater stick that someone kindly left by the tree crossing...especially helpful if your legs get shakey on the return trip). I lost my way multiple times though each was totally worthwhile. It’s all well marked, so if I’d been paying attention rather than playing, there wouldn’t have been any reason to double back or run in circles.

little to no parking

great hike with some nice rocks and falls to see! water level too high today to comfortably cross anywhere but the actual bridge (which was itself underwater)

Great moderate to hard hike that is easy to fit into a slow Saturday. Over half the trail meanders with the creek and it can get very rocky at times.

If you are bringing a dog make sure they are very well trained on the leash. There are plenty of great spots along the creek to climb around.

hiking
4 months ago

This loop trail in Duke Forest has a little bit of everything. Nice views, a steep climb, beautiful creek views, and even some rocks to scramble over. Great hike.

Fun hike with my 6 and 10 year-old boys as they called it the “off roading”. The trail is hard to follow and rocky at times with some climbing involved, but it’s fun and pretty.

Kristen and I️ wanted to run but trail too Rough and rocky and leaf covered. We were concerned about footing so we walked. Great trees and great creeks. Some elevation change. A few confusing loops Great time.

hiking
7 months ago

Varied route taking in the highs and lows of New Hope Creek. Although this trail could be attempted at any time, personally I would not attempt some of the creek crossing or rocky scrambles on a wet day or after lots of rain when the creek might be quite high. Parts of New Hope Creek trail looks like it can be easily flooded.

trail running
8 months ago

I find it easiest to enter the loop to the right, down slick hill trail. If you cross the creek you can connect to concrete bridge road via hard climb road ...altogether a beautiful run!

hiking
8 months ago

nice once you figure out the parking is on the main road, was really hard to find. after awhile the path narrowed and was a really nice scenic trail. would defenetly go back again!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike if you don't get lost. If you do just try to stay along the river

Some parts of the marked trail are a scramble over rocks or large fallen trees. There are alternate routes around most of these. A few areas of the marked trail are well overgrown, having been superseded by more expedient alternate routes. It's a quiet, low-traffic treat.

I lost the trail at several points and had to scramble over some boulders. Definitely not appropriate for an amateur like me!

walking
Monday, May 22, 2017

Great trail for an afternoon walk with friends

hiking
Sunday, May 21, 2017

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
Sunday, May 21, 2017

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.

hiking
Saturday, May 13, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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!

hiking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

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!

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

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

Saturday, April 29, 2017

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
Sunday, April 16, 2017

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
Friday, April 14, 2017

Starting across the street from Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, the trail follows a roadbed to a ridge where you can go left or right, both downhill. The trail is in pretty good shape until you get to the stream and river beds. Blazed with a blue circle, the trail becomes single track and overgrown, and appears to have been washed out at times. If you do the right side loop, there is a slight bit of scrambling along the river and some rocky areas, but it is not too far. There is no good place to cross the stream bed to get to the other side, but you can do it across a sandy spot to the left as you reach the bottom of the hill. You can go along the stream beds on both sides, and we didn't cross to the second loop. We did see a snake, not sure if it was a cottonmouth, but was near a log as we reached the stream. Not one of my favorite hikes, although it does give you a good workout with some elevation gain.

on Big Bend Loop

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Good loop. Very quiet trail. Can easily connect to other trails to increase distance.

walking
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

trail made of bigger gravel

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