Abbey Nature Preserve Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wilmington, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.0 miles
49 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


Dedicated to the memory of Margaret Abbey Foy Moore, the Foy family has placed 67 acres of undeveloped land into the Coastal Land Trust. It will be used for educational school programs, birding and hiking. As you leave the parking areas, you'll enter the forest across from the livestock barns and enjoy walking along high and dry trails that wind down toward the pond. A short walk will take you on a return trip up the sandy road towards the house. A longer walk will take you across the dam to double back through the woods along the outflow stream and return along the sandy run.

5 days ago

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

21 days ago

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.

3 months ago

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.

4 months ago

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

5 months ago

Beautiful serene hike would definitely recommend

5 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Nice bridge, well marked trails friendly people and dogs

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!

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The best trail in and around Wilmington. It might be short but if you have a good dog, they can run and interact with other dogs and not be near roads. Mosquitoes aren't usually too bad. And the pond is nice to enjoy on both sides.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Great place for the pups to walk on or off leash, and passed many other walkers and runners. Nice and easy.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

nice trail

Monday, May 02, 2016

If you're looking to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the wild, this is not your place. However, it is great for dog walking, trail running, or just getting out of the house on a nice afternoon. Trails are easy and suitable for all skill levels. The scenery is great, especially in the fall. It takes you through several different varieties of forest environment. It can get a little busy on nice days, but overall a good place for some enjoyable hiking

Monday, May 02, 2016

Beautiful trails, very well taken care of! It's nice to see all the different areas, and everyone who was walking around was friendly and mindful of their dogs. Dogs are allowed off leash but it didn't seem to be a problem! Definitely going back!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Pretty cool. Worth the time.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Nice little looping trail with wide pathways and a long bridge over a scenic pond. Decent amount of foot traffic but nothing crazy, and our pup loved meeting all the other dogs on the trail.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Very easy trails and lots of sniffing and running for pup!

Saturday, June 06, 2015

I had the same issue mentioned by others. Unleashed dogs. It protects the dog as well. Just silly to impose on others with a jumping-wet pit bull, and rude. Otherwise, it was beautiful and will enjoy coming back and exploring with my bf.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Nice nature walk, wouldn't call it a hike however. Lots of runners and people with dogs, but everyone was friendly. A few places you could go off the trail a bit which made it more adventurous, but overall its just a well maintained access road on which you follow marked trails. The nice thing is that if you want to get a long walk in, the loops can be doubled or tripled and it's easy to do 5 or even 10 miles back in there.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

My girlfriend and I spent nearly two hours on the trails. It was a great walk and not crowded at all since it was late in the day. The trails get dark before the sun sets so an earlier start would have been better. It rained some but we didn't get too wet. It was an all around great time.

Friday, April 04, 2014

was a nice trail for walking. great scenery. not to busy. the dogs loved it

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