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Rhododendron Bluff Circuit is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chapel Hill, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 219 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Scramble

Washed out

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Reviews (246)
Photos (298)
Recordings (203)
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Nathan Schomburg
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kesh f.
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HikingGreat!Rocky
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Karen Krawford
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HikingRockyScramble
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Eduardo Hernandez
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Hiking

Giving it a 4 star just because there is no parking area. You park at the side of a fairly busy road. The path into the woods is well maintained and clean. Loops around a large creek. Great for the entire family!

Jon Latane
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RockyScramble

My favorite trail in the Durham area! So many cool little offshoots, you can spend hours exploring this area! The indicated one here has a pretty wild scramble (for the area) up at the northern central part, right around the bluff for which it's named.

Matthew R
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HikingRocky

This has been one of my favorite local trails! Beautiful combination of tree coverage, river/creek, beautiful views and my pup really loved it as well. Traffic was low on the day I went but the few people I did meet seemed to be really nice. Gorgeous trail I highly recommend.

Bridget Black
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Hiking

Amazing trail but definitely bring the app to follow directions. Even with the app I went 5.5 miles bc I got lost so much. Beautiful scenery though and great places to climb rocks.

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Rachel Sipe
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Hiking

This is a really great trail and feels very secluded. It’s definitely not an easy trail tho and there are some spots that you have to climb rocks/ hop across a river. Worth the time :)

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Ky Angela
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RunningScramble

Short area where you have to rock scramble or get feet wet in the river. App was super useful

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Michael Herusch
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HikingRocky

Great trail along the river. Markings are poor. Follow the map in the app. Would rate this as intermediate since there is a section where you need to climb some rocks along the river or jump rocks in the river to get around it. Was easy for me but thinking about the general public.

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Brandon Pitzen
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RunningRockyScramble
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K Brown
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Melissa A Sierra
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This trail was really nice and definitely a good workout. You have to climb up rocks to follow the trail so I wouldn’t call this an easy trail. I would say moderate.

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Liz Chen
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Hiking

I’m an avid moderate/advanced hiker and there is a part of the trail where you are scaling some large rocks so lifting your leg 2-3 feet at a time. I think this is a moderate hike and not an easy hike, especially if it has rained recently or you are bringing a leashes dog. Beautiful though!

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Callie Coombs
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Hiking

Very nice trail, was easy to socially distance, even on the Saturday before memorial day. I especially like the part by the creek, and the rock scrambling part.

Parul Johri
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Hiking

Great trail for a workout. Stays next to the creek for a while and you have to climb over some rocks. Liked it a lot.

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Kelli Lynn
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Hiking

It was a nice trail, though it was hard to follow the trails sometimes, we got a little lost trying to figure out how to get back to the cars.

Rosalind Burns
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HikingRocky

5 stars for this part of North Carolina!! A good trail around here is woods and a creek for the kids to play in. This one has the added bonus of big rocks to hop across the river and practice climbing on! Makes it worth the kind of lame gravel road to get to the trail. Really beautiful, one of our favorites in the area!

Tiko Granados
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Hiking

Un lugar con muchas opciones puedes elegir los caminos fáciles oh puedes mantenerte junto al río para escalar un poco y caminar sobre rocas. Bonito lugar!!!!

Bethany Geiger
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gorgeous, not too busy trail was dry, Creek view

Crystal Willett
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Hiking

This was a very nice trail. I followed the GPS of this loop and had to scale a few rocks which my dog was great at doing. I wasn't expecting that but it was a fun challenge. I am happy I had my GPS from all trails because there are so many intersections that I have no idea where I was going without the map. The signal gets really bad down by the river. I enjoyed this hike and it made me feel like I was in the mountains without the long drive!

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Scott Windham
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One of my favorite hikes in the area. Mix of hardwood and pine forests. Nice lengthy stretch along the river. The best part is the bluffs, which feature a microclimate with mountain laurels and big rhododendron.

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