Loblolly Trail

MODERATE 102 reviews

Loblolly Trail is a 9.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
9.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
734 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

Directions from Raleigh, NC: Reedy Creek Section: About 0.5 miles north of I-40 at Exit 287 (Harrison Ave). After passing the park entrance, take an immediate left into the parking area. Park maps can be obtained at a kiosk located in the back-right corner as you enter the parking lot. After passing the park entrance, take an immediate left into the parking area. Trail begins on the back east side of the parking area (on the right side).

27 days ago

I love Umstead. this is an easy to get to trail that is too busy on weekends, but pretty quiet on weekdays. You can wander off trail and find lots of cool spots to hang out.

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail. Nice woods and paths and streams. Only caution is to know that Loblolly ends before the lake( not as indicated on the all trails map). The trail joins another that takes you further for a total hike of about 12 miles. This latter part is less well marked but worth it. Would definitely do again but plan my return time better if doing the full length as noted on the all trails APP

walking
1 month ago

Needed a short walk; went from parking lot to creek, crossed and followed a short ways then came back. Wide trail, pleasant walking, pretty views along the creek. Enjoyed.

4 months ago

Yep. It’s a beautiful forest walk, trail run.

hiking
5 months ago

quiet on a beautiful dec. day. I was scared by 9 mile description, but I did the 3 miles to park boundary for a 6.1 hike. The utility trail at 2.2 is good place to turn around if don't want to do rougher and hillier last mile. The trail must go another 2 miles in the Schenck forest.

6 months ago

Was great and great weather too

walking
6 months ago

It was super nice! The trails were well marked, and the leaves were beautiful. I liked that there was water in streams along the way.

hiking
7 months ago

Well marked trails; lots of nice trees

hiking
7 months ago

We love routinely doing a loop that includes Loblolly and Reedy Creek Lake Trail...busy morning this morning because of nice cool weather temps, but the creek was quite low which is a bummer for the dogs. If you want an uphill climb at end, start on Loblolly and take crushed gravel Reedy Creek Lake Trail back. If not, reverse. The loop is about 4.5 miles and on pretty easy surfaces.

trail running
9 months ago

Super hot and muggy after work run. Barely made it back to the car at 8:55pm before the gate closes at 9pm. Days are shorter now and it's getting dark by 8pm. It was hard running in the dark even with my headlamp and phone's flashlight. The blazes/markers on the trees are tiny and are spaced too far apart while you're focusing not to tumble on the roots. One water crossing is a bit up with the rain, but still manageable with careful rock-hopping on the left side. Still a fun run!!!

hiking
11 months ago

Tougher than Company Mill, but just as fun if not more so.

11 months ago

Great trail

mountain biking
Monday, May 15, 2017

Great short, scenic place to test out your new forks! Good flowing trail with few obstacles, a bit sterile.
I like to imagine how it was to live here many years ago.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beautiful trail, very green and vibrant! Not too difficult, only saw a few people there today. Will hike again!

Monday, April 17, 2017

I'm not a fan of out and backs or heavily trafficked but this is a beautiful trail.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Nice trail but traffic was bit too heavy for me.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Nice long out-and-back. Like all Umstead trails, it is beautiful, but very well traveled.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

nice trail. take note distance is inaccurate on state website and umstead map. GPS had me close to 8 miles from parking lot to turnaround at Park boundary.

hiking
Sunday, May 29, 2016

Starting at the back right corner of the parking lot at the Reedy Creek N. Harrison Blvd. entrance to Umstead State Park, this blue square blazed trail starts downhill and offers some elevation gain, creeks, woods, wildlife, and ponds. You can go out as far as you want, even deep into Schenk Forest. The State Park website lists it as 2.7 miles one-way to the park boundary, but after that you come to the end to the state trail, the trail joins the Richland Creek trail around Richland Lake and into Schenk Forest at Reedy Creek road. Make sure you take a right on the Reedy Creek Greenway when you reach the road if traveling from the trailhead, as the trail is not well marked at this point. You go about 100 yards to the road crossing to the left into Schenk Forest. I had a beautiful, but hot 87 degree day and went about 8.4 miles total. I took 1.5 liters of water and needed all of it. There are some benches along the way nearer to the trailhead and adding more benches at strategic spots further down the trail would be a great Boy Scout project, especially at the ponds. A pretty good trail with lots of variety and gives you a good workout. Saw a six foot black snake trying to climb a poplar tree, a toad and lots of lizards, lots of fish in the pond, and the trail was moderately crowded. Once you got past the first pond, traffic was non-existent. The out and back took me about 3 hours and twenty minutes total. Check it out!

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2016

It's a nice walk and pretty relaxing. not to mention it's close enough to me if I wanted to just go one day

Friday, November 27, 2015

The only thing not great about this trail is the anti climactic end if you don't continue on into Shenck. The first mile is great for beginners. The pond is a nice diversion.

hiking
10 days ago

recorded loblolly with phil

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