North Carolina Botanical Garden

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North Carolina Botanical Garden is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chapel Hill, North Carolina that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.4 miles
187 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running



wild flowers




over grown

Permits are required to access the gardens and can be purchased at NC Botanical Gardens in Chapel Hill. No Bikes allowed.

1 month ago

Had just rained and the NC Botanical Garden forest was very green in May, and flowers were blooming. Trails were a bit muddy. We first tackled the Stream Loop and Hickory trails, then stopped by the gardens. A permit is only required for the Mason Farm part of the preserve, and we did not visit that part, so everything was free and easy to visit. Next we strolled the coastal and mountain gardens, and then enjoyed seeing all the medicinal herbs in the herb garden. Very educational and a nice visit!

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Friday, May 27, 2016

A permit from the NC Botanical Garden is required to visit this preserve. They will give you further directions. Access to the parking lot involves first crossing a stream that may not be passable at times.

Also note that AllTrails has NCBG tagged in the map on the wrong side of Fordham Blvd.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two miles of pedestrian trails that wind near creek. Forest Theater is very cool. Was there on a Saturday afternoon and only saw two people. Very nice leisurely walk with my dog. Quiet in the heart of Chapel Hill.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

This little reserve is a birding gem set not even a mile from downtown Chapel Hill. Go early and bring your binoculars for this one. It's very seldom used except on the weekends and provides a nice sanctuary for those seeking to connect with nature.