Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center Trail

EASY 18 reviews

Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center Trail is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Four Oaks, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from October until March. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.2 miles
19 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





horseback riding

road biking




wild flowers


Howell Woods is located in Four Oaks, NC and is owned by Johnston Community College. The trails are great for hiking and bird watching and normally take 1-3 hours or more. There are many short trails that can be combined to make a nice loop. This is a fine place to take children as all of the trails are well marked and flat. There are lots of birds for bird watchers and several viewing platforms for watching the birds. It is not a good place for someone looking for a challenge, but it is a nice relaxing place to spend an afternoon. The visitor center has a small garden with native plants and a small area with injured hawks and owls.

2 months ago

Easy hike...went at 430 pm on a Wednesday and there wasn't anyone else around

3 months ago

going there to night to camp out and go fishing

3 months ago

Great little park. Very nice trails. They have horse and bike trails that go all the way up to the Neuse River, plan to try these next time. They also have live (rescued) birds of prey and reptile and amphibian exhibits.

3 months ago

it a good place I went there to find all the camp sites but only found 2 the one that had of the map thing on the trials was not there but it's very nice going camping and fishing there soon

horseback riding
11 months ago

We got there and no one was around to help. turns out you have to call ahead if you want to ride horses there. And it's $10 per horse. So if you want a spur of the moment ride, this isn't the place.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

birds behind the visitor center worth the trip, trails not maintained, damaged walkways unable to complete some trails because of muddy or flooded areas . Trails available for horseback riding, pond for fishing, cabin rentals, firing range, hunting , summer education. cool place for all those activities not so much if u want a good hike....

Saturday, February 11, 2017

While the trails are easy to walk, the map is inadequate, many smaller cross trails are not sign posted and do not appear on the map. It is therefore difficult to figure out the main trail and easy to get lost.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

There was a sign at the entrance that said the park was closed due to flooding, ice, winter, etc....We probably would've hiked it anyway, but they never unlocked the game, so I'm sure they meant business. Cool birds of prey behind the building though!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

First, the snakes and birds in the Learning Center were awesome! The best reason to go back. But we originally went to this trail because we hoped it wouldn't be closed post-hurricane. Some of the trails were closed without any posting and no guidance from the office staff. Not really sure if there was much to see, but can't really say either.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Several large, dirt paths with smaller tails that branch off. Good for an easy hike.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Not bad for the kids.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Planning to try this soon.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Well planned trails for a good learning environment. Great hike with the kids.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Nice relaxing walk

Friday, August 21, 2015

Very nice and well maintained.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

easy trail with multiple habitats. multiple trails at Howell Woods, some more rugged than others. Watch out for wild pigs further back in.

Sunday, January 31, 2016