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.

Length2.9 miElevation gain219 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingNature tripsBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScrambleWashed out
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lindi kistler
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Loved it

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Diana Moore
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Nice trail but could not find the loop without climbing rocks that did not feel safe to me (others may find that just fine). Got to the “dead end” and turned around. Pretty by the river.

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Amy Kaye
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Beautiful time of year in Chapel Hill! Flowers blooming, river flowing and perfectly outlined path.

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Colleen Fisher
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Norman Vanhorne
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Jessica Dale
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Marcus Walther
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Megan Moore
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Absolutely stunning and so dreamy

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Emily Fox
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T H
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Great hike. Some muddy patches but easy to get around. Some rocks and roots.

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Megan Moore
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So much fun

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Norman Vanhorne
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Morria Heilman
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Very muddy and washed out in some spots

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Madison Findley
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The bluffs are closed at 1.5 miles so you have to turn around

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Gina Difino
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AnaMaría Silva
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Estuvo genial, fácil y la mayoría de las personas usan mascarillas

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Mark G
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Intended to do Slick Hill foot trail and connect to Hard Hill Climb, but was skunked at the ill-named "concrete bridge" -- as it was more of a "concrete ford." There was enough rushing murky water to turn me back -- I had no water shoes and don't walk barefoot without being able to see what I'll be stepping on. I give the route 2+ stars -- the plus because of the unexpected treat of rock scrambling at the sharp bend in the river requiring 3 points of contact. Totally unexpected and pretty cool. Definitely not for small kids, faint of heart or the clumsy.

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Rhonda Roberts
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Jessica Turner
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Five star trail but the bluffs are closed. Can’t make the full circuit. Still worth going, but you can only do out and back or a smaller loop.

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Trevor Tschosik
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Nice, easy hike! Beautiful along the water.

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C Downs
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Loved the rocks and the view

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Dawayne Whittington
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views/access to the creek is the best. trail needs to work on more explicit markers

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Zsolt Rak
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Stephanie Nikolic
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Daniel van Hemert
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We had our 3 year old and it got dicey without a pack for her. Otherwise, it's a nice talk for the Chapel Hill area...will be back!

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Candace S
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Forest closed Monday through Friday through December 11, 2020

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Anat Galor
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Great hike with kids!

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Brian Antono
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Nice and crispy morning jog

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Amber Mooers
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