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Brumley Forest Nature Preserve North

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Brumley Nature Preserve

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve North is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 114 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching






wild flowers


historic site

New part of Brumley Forest Nature Preserve. This is a route of the 4 trails looped together. The trail starts on Stony Creek Bluff trail before continuing on Cedar Grove trail, A Train trail, retracing steps to continue on Dairy Farm trail and closing the loop on Stony Creek Bluff trail.

This is a pleasant trail. The path is surrounded by trees and grass There’s a creek and a couple of ponds. Steady foot traffic. There was a loud group when I started but eventually they stopped and the trail was quiet. Two groups of birders were looking in the trees in an open area for birds. Pleasant overall and will return.

Flat to gently rolling earthen trails move through transitional zones of overgrown fields and various stages of forest regrowth. Numerous wetland ponds, marshes, and creeks keep things interesting here.

1 month ago

Very nice trail and paths. Relatively easy. Dog enjoyed .. but no easily accessible water. Not suitable for off leash walking. Be careful of barbed wire fencing. Highly disappointed with the amount of dog poop along the trail that wasn't picked up.

1 month ago

Initially the trail was really well maintained and has very pretty views. The trail feels very nice to walk/ run on. But over time it gets very overgrown and has a really wild look. If you like that sort of thing then highly recommended.

Great trail! Lots of nice bridges and fairly flat.

Great trail! Bridge has been fixed and it’s a great loop.

A really nice and easy, well-maintained trail that was very clearly labeled along the way. There was plenty of shade and nice views of the lakes and forest. It wasn’t very busy considering it was a sunny 65 degree day and most other trails are closed now.

Enjoyed the trail very much. Loved the fact that it was so close to the train tracks but hatred that I didn't get to see a train. There island was amazing to see, along with the flag that was nearby. Was able to do all the trails in one trip but will do again to see trains, I hope.

5 months ago

Great variety throughout an old homestead. Brand new bridge, nice trees, some farm ponds and a stream flows through it. Keep taking the right fork and you'll complete the loops. No bikes on this side of the road, but you can bike til your heart's content on the other side with some really great bike trails. Enjoy this easy set of connected trails.

Easy hike and brisk walk. Site of an old dairy farm.

7 months ago

This section of Brumley Forest has variety- woodland meadows, mature hardwood forest, fields of wildflowers, rocky streams, ponds, and wetlands. The trails are more earthen and well marked. Lots of wildlife too. Took my dog there and he loved it.

9 months ago

came here on a Sunday afternoon and it was NOT lightly trafficked

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10 months ago

Another great TLC trail, well maintained and plenty to see over the 3 miles or so as well as scenery that changes throughout. Went on a Sunday morning and hung a right at every fork which took me around the entire loop. Didn't see anyone after the bridge that's out and just a few dog walkers near the entrance. Would do it again.

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Wed May 29 2019

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Sat Apr 27 2019

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Wed Apr 24 2019

The bridge to access Dairy Farm, Cedar Grove, and the Train Trail is out. No notices of when it will be fixed. Great park! My dog loves it.

Tue Apr 09 2019

nice easy trail. 3 ponds. saw a beautiful wood pecker.

Wed Jan 02 2019

good hike for young kids.

Sun Nov 04 2018

Beautiful trail, enjoyable for people young and old.

Sun Sep 30 2018

pleasant, no gravel, birding, easy for barefeet

Wed Jan 10 2018

Great for running or dog walking, trail goes through an old cemetery and dairy farm with many old out buildings still on site. Very clear trail with lots of variation!

4 days ago

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