Rhododendron Bluff Circuit

MODERATE 17 reviews

Rhododendron Bluff Circuit is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
282 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

washed out

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walking
1 month ago

Great trail for an afternoon walk with friends

hiking
1 month ago

Rhododendron Bluff Circuit is two loops. Start down the gravel fire road from Whitfield Road [park along the side of Whitfield Road]. We took the right turn at the Slick Hill Foot Trail which takes you down another gravel fire road through the woods to a single track extension and where the trail becomes really nice, taking you through some dense woods to the bluff area along New Hope Creek. From there you go along a nice trail along the bluff down to the creek, which for us was about a foot above flood stage, plus we could see where the trail had been washed out from prior deluges. We got a good look at a seven foot black snake, and tried to go around the second loop on the Creek Connector trail along the creek but from the creek's edge with the overwash and steep bluff, there didn't seem to be any way to get around the big rock. So we went back up the High & Dry Trail to the Rhododendron Loop trail which got us back to the second gravel fireroad. From there we took the second loop from the gravel road, walking through woods and a couple of open areas and then hitting Concrete Bridge gravel fire road. Going to the right and downhill on the fire road, the road goes down to the Concrete Bridge across the creek. The water level was flowing over the bridge, but we could walk in an inch of water to the other side. Staying on the original side, the loop trail goes back along the creek, although a lot of washout was evident. We finally got back to the part where we couldn't find a way around the big rock and noticed we could climb up and along the bluff and down through the foliage to get back around. So some scrambling involved. But quite an adventure and probably more navigable when the water level is lower. Enjoy this, seems like a popular route!

hiking
1 month ago

nice easy trail. good to walk or stop and relax by the creek

1 month ago

Beautiful very quiet trail. I went on a gorgeous Saturday morning and despite seeing lots of cars parked nearby, I only passed a few people on the trail. Normally moderate hike except one small area off the river where you have to climb up and over some large rocks. Very tricky but only a small portion. Highly recommended

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5 months ago

This is my favorite trail here in Durham. I especially like to hike it after a nice rainy day. Plenty of different trails all linked together make this a good place to revisit.

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8 months ago

I was looking forward to this trail but went on a Thursday in October and tail closed.