Franklin County Nature Preserve Trail

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De Hart Botanical Gardens

Franklin County Nature Preserve Trail is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Louisburg, North Carolina and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.5 miles Elevation Gain: 127 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

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1 day ago

This trail was quite a pleasant surprise. Clean, well maintained trail with diverse scenery and minimal traffic. Worth a trip for sure.

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1 month ago

Great trails through the woods with lots of surprising scenery.

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1 month ago

Okay trail. The first section was trashy, plastic bags, bottle caps. Was with my dog who enjoyed the sniffs. After the trail splits it gets cleaner. The falls are small but pleasant. In the been there, done that category.

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3 months ago

Nice trail, kid friendly, loved seeing the waterfalls.

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4 months ago

very nice place to hike a short distance. So much lovely scenery along the trail

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rocky
5 months ago

there are brick steps that are on the trail that you need to use extreme caution. They are not stable. But overall ni e trail!

11 months ago

This was a neat little trail. Very short but the woods are beautiful. Came across 2 copperheads so be on the lookout for those. I would definitely like to go back in the fall.

Fri Jan 11 2019

it's absolutely beautiful and quiet can't wait to come again when there leaves on the trees it will even be more beautiful.

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Wed Nov 07 2018

An unexpected great place to hike. The best time to hike it is when the flowers are in bloom. Before you venture on, check out the youtube video which explains in great detail what you are about to see and experience. The trail could use better signage but don’t let that turn you away from this unique place. Check out the video here for more info https://youtu.be/-gu_8YBk8KU

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Mon Oct 09 2017

Quick little trail with many beautiful views

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Thu Mar 23 2017

Like a secret garden.

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Sat Mar 11 2017

Went last weekend! There was no people there and it was like a piece of heaven in the middle of nowhere! Awesome bamboo forest + mini-falls. Really enjoyed!

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Sat Jun 18 2016

Always a great spot to come to in the spring and fall!

Sat Jun 13 2015

Easy and enjoyable.

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Tue Dec 30 2014

Wonderful trail to take after a lot of rain to see the waterfalls. Kid friendly.

nature trips
Tue Sep 04 2012

-Also known as De Hart Botanical Gardens: 500 hundred flora and fauna, including twenty-three species of mint, and nine different crane fly orchids. This is a beautiful 83 acre diamond in the rough. It has an open pond with lots of turtles, open grass areas for picnics, a bamboo garden for children, beautiful creek and amazing trees and flowers!! It has 2 main trails. One goes to a waterfall which was flowing in September of 2012, the other leads to the pond and a wooded trail full of orchids during the right time of year. The trails are easy and the terrain is varied for flat to rocky bluffs. Great 1/2 day trip.

hiking
Sat Mar 19 2011

This park is privately owned but free to the public providing you sign in at the gazebo by the parking area. There are two separate loop trails, each just under 2 miles. We followed the Waterfall Trail, and it is an easy walk through the woods and there is a small waterfall at the 1/2 way point (i'm sure it would be a bigger fall if not for the current drought). My kids (under 10) had no problem with the trail except for one very short area that was slightly steep and slippery from the leaves. We did not yet go on the Lake trail, but from the map that one looks like it might have more for the kids to look at. We will definitely go back soon to try the other trail.

Fri Apr 17 2009

Pretty in the spring with the azaleas in bloom. Open Sat - Tues only.

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