Crow Branch Overlook Loop is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chapel Hill, 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length3.2 miElevation gain206 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowers
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Elyse Ribbons
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Hiking

Easy to moderate but really fun

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Gwen Coleman
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Hiking

Nice trail, curvy and interesting. Nice Sunday walk, not too crowded.

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Lane Southard
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Hiking

Nice, easy little hike. Though it’s about 4 miles rather than 3.2. Pretty muddy though even though it hasn’t rained in 3 or 4 days

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Angela Brunelle
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Hiking

There was no overlook, but a great easy trail. It was very muddy after a good rain. My recording paused for a short bit, so I believe the total is just a tad more than 3.9.

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Serge Zwikker
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Hiking

All I can say is wow! This trail is fantastic and you'll definitely see me on this trail on a regular basis. This trail reminds me of the Appalachian trail.

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Tammarra Kutz
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Hiking

My recording clocked in at 4.2 miles. It was more of a moderate trail for us.

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Noah Penny
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Hiking

Lots of runners out using the trails, all respectful and put on masks when crossing paths. Nice wide trails, relatively flat and great for hiking with kids. Easy to change direction/shorten trails. The trails are marked well enough, I wish there were more markers. Great place for kids to explore

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Angie Wheeler
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Hiking

Probably better for biking, lots of switchbacks

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Paul Messinger
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Camping

Great. nice for walking. Will come back another day to bike it.

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Gus Curran
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Hiking

A little too crowded for us

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Christie Corcoran
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Pretty but a bit monotonous after a while.

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Megan Moore
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Hiking

Beautiful! Soft forest floor and colorful canopy! Feel privileged it’s my second time seeing black snake in this forest

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Nancy Cruz
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Abhi Kapuria
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A bit longer than listed - 4 miles. Gets dark by 7pm in October

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Hugo Bautista
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Mountain biking
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Kim White
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Hiking

easy, well marked, a bit muddy in October but still beautiful and serene.

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Amanda Wicks
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Elizabeth Ladin
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Hiking

Really nice trail but very busy ! Went on Sunday at 10:30 there were many bikers , walkers very few people wearing mask . People were respectful about space . The trail is well labeled for most of it but not toward the End ( we walked it backwards) and we got lost so did a number of others . Some dogs off leash running :-(. But overall a very pretty and nice trail . Easy most of the time a few mini hills .

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Jeff Scott
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Hiking

a winding loop back trail with good canopy cover

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Marc Mehrotra
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Srushti Khilari
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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Mary Tanner
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HikingGreat!

Nicely shaded hiking/mountain bike trail. Nice resting place overlooking the water. Not very crowded even on a gorgeous Sunday on a holiday weekend.

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Neli C
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Awesome trail! Would do it again :)

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Lucila Munoz
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Hiking

Great long walk with my 2 well behaved boxers. Had to get out of the way of 2 groups of gunners and ~6 mountain bikers and everyone was super polite. Will definitely do it again.

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Megan Moore
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Hiking

Wet, buggy, beautiful

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Jason Riggio
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Hiking

Trail is well maintained and well marked for the most part (with a couple exceptions near the beginning and the “lake loop”). Note that the numbers do not indicate trail number but trail progression. This one went 1-20. It winds around a lot which gets a little annoying at times but overall not bad for a quick hike or run.

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Jayleen Pickey
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HikingScramble

Fairly easy until we got back on the main gravel road and continued further out for about a mile. We then reached a splitting road and my GPS started acting up so we decide to navigate without it. I'm not sure how we managed to get out of those woods with multiple trails crossing left and right. Let's just say that I have never been so happy to see my car. Overall, the trails were clean and neatly kept. Paper maps may work best if you're like me and not familiar with this place or want to hike through different trails within the vicinity. Awesome workout.

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K Brown
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Hiking

Great trail. Fairly easy to follow. There are 20 numbered green circles help lead the way. I didn't see any other hikers, but there were a few other bikers and trail runners. Very ready to social distance for a mid-week activity. The trail wasn't too muddy after several days of hard rain. I think there was only one spot that had a sizable mud hole.

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Reese Lospinoso
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Hiking

It’s a mountain bike and runner trail.

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