Morgan Creek Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Carrboro, 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.

Length2.3 miElevation gain104 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlyKid friendlyStroller friendlyNature tripsRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestPavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeHistoric site
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A nice paved path that leads to a 0.75 mile loop around Merritt's Pasture, with dirt side trails also for different options. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved concrete and typically at least six feet wide. The estimated grade for the first mile is mostly gentle, all 5% or less. The northern section of the loop at the end is very steep though, over 12%, so wheelchair/mobility equipment or stroller users may need assistance or to avoid that section.

Free parking. Handicap parking. No bathrooms or water.

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation

Entrance is accessible only traveling Eastbound on hwy 54 just past Smith Level road/Greensboro street exit. Entrance just past Kingswood apartments. Parking is free. ~20 spaces. Handicap accessible.

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Nicole Deinert
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Megan Moore
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Beautiful but many people not wearing masks

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Matt Gubernick
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The trail is nice, and paved, but very simple. It is also a little difficult to determine where the loop in the trail is.

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Ginny Knowles
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Jessica Turner
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Very nice. Bring headphones

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Krishan Sivaraj
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Relaxing, well maintained trail. The vast majority of individuals using this space today (December 13th, 2020) were being respectful and wearing masks along the narrower sections. Highly recommend.

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xin jin
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Faith Kilafwasru
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Faith Kilafwasru
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Very easy trail, especially if you are trying to build your confidence. I have lived in the city for so long that getting back in touch with nature coupled with my distrust of nature (city folks will understand) this trail helps build that confidence because you can still hear traffic and you know the major roads are close by but you don't see any of it so you can still connect with nature.

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Jackie M
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Celia R Feijoó Nieves
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Hiking

La ruta tuvo varias situaciones debido a que no pude identificar claramente los senderos. Pero fue interesante.

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Kylie Chandler
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Nice paved trail. Very easy and flat, so good for running and kids. Not really hiking but a pretty walking trail. Some parts get close to the highway so you can hear it but overall recommend it for a nice walk in fresh air. Unfortunately has been way too crowded recently (parking lot overflowing into the highway crowded).

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Gina Difino
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Half paved into the delightful 3/4 mile around Merritt's Pasture.

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Matthew Lu
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Nice trail that leads to a .75 mile loop around merritt's pasture.

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andy kennemer
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Patrick Shampine
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Bill Watson
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Morgan Creek Trail takes you to historical Merritt's Pasture which takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Chapel Hill. The high point offers some really nice views and the loop is more like a real trail. The rest of Morgan Creek Trail is a paved greenway along Morgan Creek. It also connects to Fan Branch across a bridge. Combine the two and you can get in about 6 miles. If you want to get off the paved portion along Morgan Creek, just follow the sewer drains as the path cuts right to the parking lot. Fan Branch is more of an urban greenway which also takes you along some neighborhood streets and past a school and sports fields. Both trails are good for biking and running, although you can't bike the Merritt's Pasture loop. Enjoy!

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Robert Cosgrove
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I think of James Taylor & his song "Copperline" whenever I'm on this trail!

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Sharon Hull
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I walked this trail is it September afternoon beautiful. Went near15 501 there was some traffic noise. The large field of milkweed and the monarch butterflies that came there made it worth it.

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Shana Simpson
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It was ok. No real paths through the trees, just along a path. Small location.

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Crystal Willett
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connected the trails to make a longer hike

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Christopher Newton
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Sort of boring except for the part that goes up the hill and through the woods. And the parking lot is easy to miss. but it's nearby for me and can be done in an hour plus.

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Diane Rizzi
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Walking

Love to walk this trail along with fan branch to get about 5 miles. It is beautiful and not heavily populated. It is great to do with kids as there are 2 parks of off fan branch trail so the kids can play.

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Prateek Peres-da-Silva
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Short trail leading to a large meadow. Nice place to picnic or relax.

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Kristina Rivera
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Short path but really nice. I saw deer grazing in the forest when I ran by.

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Megan Hollenbeck
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Julie LaMagna
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Lili Paradis
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Megan Hollenbeck
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Brenda Manske
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