Johnston Mill Nature Preserve Trail

EASY 40 reviews

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chapel Hill, North Carolina that features a river 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
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
301 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve is owned and managed by the Triangle Land Conservancy and offers 4.1 total miles of trails accessible from two parking areas. While the trails may total 4.1 miles, a typical hike will average 2 to 3 miles depending on the route taken.

hiking
18 days ago

One of the best trails starting from Mt. Sinai Rd near Duke Forest, the Triangle Land Conservancy has really done a great job with the donated land to create a 3 mile loop that covers wetlands, grasslands/fields, forests, streams, wildflowers, wildlife, fish, and a bit of elevation. Well marked, good parking, nice wide mostly smooth trail, great for trail running or just a place to escape. I saw fish in the stream, wildflowers along the way, raspberries, beautiful ferns, a hearty poplar tree growing out of an uprooted stump, and was treated to five deer bounding through the woods right in front of me in a straight line - it was absolutely amazing how fast they can cover uneven ground through dense woods with little or no sound. Various types of benches are well placed along the trail with views. Definitely a great trip for a family outing.

hiking
1 month ago

Great kid friendly hike with a variety of terrain.

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Nice wide clean trails. Several trails so you can put together a really good hike. The creek has some nice views and seating benches are scattered through out the trail system. Really enjoyed this hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great easy trails
Good parking
Great for dog walking
Choose your timing wisely and you will have the place to yourself

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hiking
4 months ago

geocaching
4 months ago

Spent 3 hours hiking 8 miles & geocaching along the way for an early bday celebration! Well worth the 40 minute drive!

4 months ago

6 months ago

Beautiful on a sunny afternoon in late fall. Our whole family loved walking along the creek.

6 months ago

6 months ago

It's a pleasant trail with nice variety. Skip the Bluebird leg - everything else is more interesting.

7 months ago

Nice easy trail with many places to stop and sit.

hiking
7 months ago

One of our favorites. Specially nice in the late fall to early spring when you can appreciate the views through the mature hardwood stands.

7 months ago

7 months ago