Best bird watching trails in Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area, North Carolina

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Map of bird watching trails in Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area, North Carolina
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#1 - Chestnut Oak and Swift Creek Loop Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
Chestnut Oak is to the left of the main trail entrance and Swift Creek is to the right. If you do not want to do steps, stay to the left. It is a well maintained, mulch covered trail with 2 beautiful lookout points over the bluffs. If you don't mind the steps, go right and you will be taken below the bluffs to another well mulched trail as well as a boardwalk. Both trails are beautiful and very well maintained. There is also an interactive nature center which is great for kids. Note that in the heat of Summer both trails are loaded with mosquitos.Show more
#2 - Swift Creek Loop Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 21 m
#3 - Beech Tree Cove Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
#4 - Chestnut Oak Loop Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 35 m
As of August 2020 due to COVID19, the Nature Center is still closed. Show more
#5 - Swift Creek Greenway
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
#6 - West Hemlock Overlook Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 19 m