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

I'm a caregiver for a family with children on the autism spectrum, and I took the youngest here this morning. we absolutely loved it! just be careful of some fallen trees, a little overgrowth, and tons of spider webs!

Got a little turned around at a few points due to over growth. So didn't follow precisely. But great park nonetheless.

hiking
6 months ago

I didn't find this trail to be a loop. Maybe it has changed since the hurricanes? I don't know. I walked in till I came to a 3-way fork which ended up being near the fork of the rivers which I knew was not like the app is showing. At the 3 way fork, the yellow trail marker (Schoolkids) only showed going back where I just came from and the other two forks showed different trails. I'm not sure if I messed up but I did stay on the yellow markers the entire time until that point and it just ended and that was it. I ended up crossing 2 trails, following my GPS to get out before dark.

The trail was full of down trees which can be expected since we've had so many hurricanes and rain. The only problem I had was when I detoured to the area where the monument was then I got turned around and couldn't find the right trail. I ended up somehow getting right back on the same trail I came in on and not making the full loop. I wished it was a little more clearer as to which trail is which one when they meet up together.

My first time here. Took my two boys 20 and 10 and they both loved it. Beautiful serene and pure nature. We spent about2 hours here! Weather was perfect daw a few other hikers. Overall wonderful experience.

the only thing I didn't like was no signage at crossroads. At one point from the overlook, I ended up in Yates Mill again instead of the loop I wanted.

Brought my dog for a scenic river trail hike. A little sketchy to get to. Not much parking. Trails are only slightly labeled. Won’t be going back even though this is so close by.

They are currently adding MORE trails! I actually got to see some of the men working today. From the overlook path, you can now go around and loop back to the White Pine Trail without actually backtracking. Spiderwebs are more abundant the closer to the river so carry a long small stick to knock them down. The view from the point is gorgeous! The Gilbert Yager Trail is currently closed due to erosion as of today. July 17, 2018.

hiking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Took my 3 dogs on a walk in late afternoon. Def watch the spiderwebs in your face... a stick works well or for me I had my tall husband to walk ahead of me ;) Nice easy walk: some roots and rocks and a few inclines but nothing too difficult. Very pretty area, covered in trees and partially along the river.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Ticks, ticks, ticks!!!

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Nice stroll down to the river and features some white pines growing in the middle of the area. The Triangle Land Conservancy does a great job preserving our natural areas in the Triangle, as well as provide their signature laminated wood signage and well maintained trails. A good place to get away to nature.

hiking
Friday, June 09, 2017

Nice walk in the woods and down to the water, has some huge (as well as small) white pines growing in the middle of the area. The Triangle Land Conservancy again has done a great job preserving our natural areas in the Triangle, as well as provide their signature laminated wood signage and well maintained trails. While not one of my favorites, still a good place to get away to nature.

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

Great trail walk with Rachel Wilson. Some water damage from the hurricane and a few trees down but nothing we couldn't get around

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I can't say enough how magical my White Pines is to me. Of all the area, this is my spot. Not many people, no amenities, no cell phone signal, and a plethora of natural sights make this truly- getting back to nature. One of the only places like this in the area. Each time you go will be different, in regards to leaves and foliage. It is simply beautiful. A breeze through most of it going down and even one great little overlook where the rivers meet. Many thanks to the Triangle Land Conservancy for giving us a special place that is so wild and beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Solid excursion trail with well marked trail blazes for even the beginning hiker. Nice and isolated without a lot of noise other than the occasional plane. Started on the Green 'Gilbert Yager Trail'. At about 70% of the way through there is a non marked left for the Green trailblazer. Looped down to the river with a hook back on the 'School Kids Loop'. Nice elevation changes with great views--even under the canopy of late September. Dog friendly--heavy spider web content--may need a 'Spider Stick' or a trail buddy at least 6" taller than you are.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

well i couldnt get all the way around the trail. at certain points it was so overgrown and narrow I couldnt even see where it went. my little one was slipping off the edges and close to falling in the river. I would not really consider a "kid friendly" trail. However, the views of the river when you get down there are beautiful!!! you are RIGHT NEXT to the river and could even walk out on the rocks if you wanted to. Bring bugspray.

walking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's a sort of small loop. My small child was easily able to walk around the entire thing. you can get right down to the river, which is nice. Im posting this in August and the bugs are definitely overwhelming right now though!

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This trail was beautiful. I loved the way it wound beside Deep river. The trail had been untraveled by the time we reached it and there were literally hundreds of turtles sunbathing on the rocks in the river. As we walked up the trail you could watch and hear the turtles plop into the water. I was able to get a few pictures of rocks covered with turtles! We would have liked to see more history on the cable bridge. Overall we had a magical day exploring this trail.

on Schoolkids Trail

hiking
Friday, December 21, 2012

Quick trail worth a visit for the historical aspects and scene of the appropriately named Rocky River. Cable bridge remnants made more interesting by the info provided by the Triangle Land Conservancy online pamphlet. http://www.triangleland.org/assets/images/uploads/White_Pines_guide.pdf

hiking
Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hiked this again today with the family. We all enjoyed the scenic river area. Noticed lots of beaver activity along the shoreline with a good number of trees chewed down and removed. The oldest white pine on the property is still a nice stop. Just a pleasant time all around.

hiking
Saturday, November 17, 2012

This is part of the larger White Pines Nature Preserve Trails. Along this trail are unique features of the area to include the fork of the river where (according to the preserve's website) the worlds largest federally endangered Cape Fear shiner minnow population is found. Also the preserve's largest white pine is on this trail. It is a nice walk rated moderate mostly for the elevation change to and from the trail.

hiking
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Great trail. Rated moderate for the elevation changes. Nice single track near the river and pleasantly wide on main thoroughfares. Nice views of area and no one else on the trails. Historical info of the cable bridge appreciated and the giant white pine location was easy to find and a spectacular sight of a marvelous tree. Great hike. No restrooms something to consider. Make note to avoid wearing white during hunting season from Sept 8 through Jan 1.

trail running
4 months ago

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