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Mountains to Sea Trail: James M Johnston Nature Preserve

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James M. Johnston Nature Preserve

Mountains to Sea Trail: James M Johnston Nature Preserve is a 2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Hillsborough, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 196 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

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This trail starts at a dirt parking lot off of Elizabeth Brady Road in Hillsborough, at the entrance to the historic Occoneechee Speedway. The trail crosses a couple of bridges, climbs through forests, descends back to the Eno River, and winds it way through mountain laurel thickets until it ends at a highway bridge. It is part of the NC Mountain to Sea trail. 320 Elizabeth Brady Road Hillsborough, NC, 27278 Site is open during the following times: * Jan., Feb., Nov., Dec. 8 am – 5 pm March and October 8 am – 6 pm Apr., May., Aug., Sep. 7 am – 7 pm June and July 7 am – 8 pm No access after sunset! Admission to the trails is free. Car parking is available. *Site may be closed without notice for repairs, weather, holidays or special events.

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Diane Davis
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Hiking

Nice moderate difficulty trail. Some parts really skinny trails, but not too hard

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Parul Johri
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Hiking

Excellent trail! Every view is pretty and different. Good for working out. Will highly recommend.

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Crystal Willett
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Hiking

This was a gorgeous hike! There were tons of people here and I almost felt claustrophobic getting to the trailhead. Once I got to the MTS trail, I nearly had it to myself. This trail is up and down and the laurels were bloomed out which was beautiful. The fragrance of the flowers made it even better. Then when you come down the 2nd hill, the views at the river are just beautiful. It gets loud at the end with the highway/road there, but the view down there is pretty, as well. I loved this hike. It made me feel a little bit of being in the mountains!

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Ev Theo
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Hiking

Did this and the Riverwalk because Occoneechee mountain was closed. Great hike! Beautiful waterfall as well

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Christine Imrick
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Hiking

Super short, but the 100ft climb can be tough if you’re not in much shape.

Sarah Morris
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Hiking

Did Speedway and part of Poet’s Walk. Across paved road meets with MST and connects to River Park.

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Josh McIntyre
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with nice elevation change and river views. Construction at bridge requires detour at north end.

Bill Watson
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HikingWashed out

Part of the MST, this part starts at the Occoneechee Speedway Trail to the right of the sign at the entrance to the speedway. Just follow the big white circle MST blaze, go through a thicket and cross the brand new wooden bridge to the right. The trail goes though mountain laurel thickets and right along the Eno in spots. An interesting spot is the white rocks on the hill to the right - you will know it when you come to them as the hill is also covered in an interesting plant. At the end near the highway 70 bridge is a bush whack marked with orange ribbons to Hwy 70 and beyond. I checked out the washed out trail under the bridge and did the return back to the trail head. An interesting and ok hike.

'Ko V.
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First to Review

Post Hurricane Florence, there is a bridge missing right at the Speedway entrance. Trail is taped closed - no entry. The only way across involves scrambling down an embankment and getting your feet wet. I didn't attempt it. Edit: bridge is scheduled to be rebuilt Dec 7-8 2018.

Hui Liu
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Karen Krawford
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Skye-Anne Tschoepe
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Noah mace
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Sam G
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Sam G
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Sam G
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Martin S.
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Tiko Granados
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Vikki Roy
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Sommer Dennis
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M W
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Liz Davis
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Lindsay Wagstaff
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Sarah Morris
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RSBozeman .
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Kelsea Mitropoulos
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Jessica Klieforth
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Bitsy M.
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Scott Densmore
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Siddharth Kawadiya
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