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

Very clean trail, no fallen trees or any debris after Florence. Connecting neighborhood trails can cause some confusion so stay on the main trails if you don't know your way around. Recommend a hike on Sunday afternoon... The nearby church has bells that make for a very surreal experience amongst the fairy houses that pepper this trail....

Family walk, mushroom hunting.

One of my favorite trails in all of Wilmington! Perfect no matter what season (autumn might be my favorite though - you can actually see some leaves changing colors!)

3 months ago

It's a quick trail that takes about a half hour to walk the outside loop. There are some crossover paths that can shorten your walk if you prefer.

The good:
- Easy trail
- Pretty scenery
- A large pond with a man made dam and bridge on either side
- Easy access from Wilmington or Hampstead
- Trash cans along trail

The bad:
- Very short
- Some repairs and debris clearing is still being done from Hurricane Florence
- No restrooms

the best

I love this trail because of it’s close proximity to northern Wilmington and the quiet shaded dirt/sand trail. On a typical day there are anywhere from 2-10 people on the trail when I am. Most have a dog along and about half of them are unleashed, but I’ve never seen a problem. Half of the dogs are unleashed...not the people. Some of the trail gets muddy after a heavy rain but it’s only for about 10 feet, so it’s easy to walk around. Plenty of free parking. When it’s sunny and hot I do my walking and jogging at Abby, or as it’s commonly called “Poplar Grove”. The best parking lot is on the north side of Poplar Grove Mansion which is also a great place to visit.

My favorite spot that I’ve discovered so far! It’s out of the busy-ness of Wilmington, clean, and neat things to discover here! Plus there are animals that often walk up to the fences for head scratches :)

Shaded a lot of the way, easy trails. A lot of dogs.

This is open again. I think they closed it due to hurricane damage

This trail is closed now when I went. There are private property signs posted, and a gate at the entrance

This is a perfect little walking trail when you just need to get away for about an hour. I put in my headphones and listen to relaxing music - EMDR bilateral stimulation is the perfect music for this trail. A stop on the bridge is a must do so you can see all the turtles swim up to it. I enjoy seeing all the cute dogs along the trail too.

Nice little woodsy trail. Enjoyed it with my four Shih Tzu companions over the past few years. The only issue that I have is that sometimes the bikers go too fast and tend to chase walkers off the trails, otherwise it is a fun adventure.

Nice easy mostly shaded trail. Peaceful and beautiful scenery. Lots of benches and trash cans along the hike.

Beautiful serene hike would definitely recommend

My dogs and I love this trail. Several different ways to go so it never gets boring and my dogs have a swim in the middle of our hike.

mountain biking
Friday, April 13, 2018

Love this trail.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The trails were a bit to follow, they are poorly marked but the park is almost impossible to get lost in. I jumped around from trail to trail and around the gorgeous lake, to try and make the trip longer. The hike isn’t very long but if you walk everything it’s worth the trip. The only issue is all of the stupid dog owners. My dog and I went on a Saturday and no one had their dogs on leash, which meant dogs sprinting up and barking at my dog for almost the entire trip. Crowded on the weekends.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Nice bridge, well marked trails friendly people and dogs

mountain biking
Monday, July 31, 2017

3 different levels here and even a pump track. Level 1 tight and easy. Level 2 tight and fast and fun with slight elevation changes but super fun bc of how narrow some spots. Level 3... you can get served. Built on old landfill and some steep inclines (for beach town) and gnarly roots. Have always had fun there

Friday, July 14, 2017

Wonderful hike with beautiful weather. Be wary of the trail markers though, it's very easy to get off trail.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great walk with lovely views. My pup enjoyed it as well!

mountain biking
Sunday, July 02, 2017

Went to ride July 2, 2017 and was closed. Recommend checking out website below to verify if open or not. Unsure why it was closed (repair, washouts, etc). Will try again later.

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Sunday, July 02, 2017

Went this morning, nice, shady trail. Saw a huge water moccasin in a tree stump in the pond. Great walk!

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

So much to see!

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Great trail for a quick hike.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Beautiful trail! I was amazed

Monday, March 06, 2017

A pretty nice trail!! It was busy, with lots of people and their dogs but still a good little walk around.

Monday, February 20, 2017

very nice for my first hike.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A nice stroll type trail. Simple, easy walking. Lots of people on the Sunday that I went. Most had larger sized dogs running free, but behaving themselves. Not very long or strenuous, but definitely the kind of trail most people can walk.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This is a great trail for walking, hiking or running. There is plenty of free parking and it is just off of Highway 17 N.
It is fee free and was dedicated by a great family at the request of their beautiful Daughter. She wanted to share and preserve nature for all to enjoy. We just wanted to say thank you to a wonderful and selfless family. We love Abbey Nature Preserve. Especially the beautiful bridge over the lake and all the benches along the way. We also love the swing, stone wheels and bird houses.
Traci and Mike

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