This convenient botanical garden is just a short distance from the UNC campus and downtown Chapel Hill. I combined a pretty stroll through the series of gardens representing different aspects of southeastern flora along with a nice and easy hike on the surrounding nature trails. This was a great place to visit on a beautiful early fall day.

An easy hike with decent elevation for a short hike. There are a few small bridges and stream that runs through the trails. It's a good hike for all levels of experience.

Had just rained and the NC Botanical Garden forest was very green in May, and flowers were blooming. Trails were a bit muddy. We first tackled the Stream Loop and Hickory trails, then stopped by the gardens. A permit is only required for the Mason Farm part of the preserve, and we did not visit that part, so everything was free and easy to visit. Next we strolled the coastal and mountain gardens, and then enjoyed seeing all the medicinal herbs in the herb garden. Very educational and a nice visit!

Friday, November 18, 2016

birding
Friday, May 27, 2016

A permit from the NC Botanical Garden is required to visit this preserve. They will give you further directions. Access to the parking lot involves first crossing a stream that may not be passable at times.

Also note that AllTrails has NCBG tagged in the map on the wrong side of Fordham Blvd.

hiking
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two miles of pedestrian trails that wind near creek. Forest Theater is very cool. Was there on a Saturday afternoon and only saw two people. Very nice leisurely walk with my dog. Quiet in the heart of Chapel Hill.

birding
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This little reserve is a birding gem set not even a mile from downtown Chapel Hill. Go early and bring your binoculars for this one. It's very seldom used except on the weekends and provides a nice sanctuary for those seeking to connect with nature.