Ridge and Shakori Trails Loop

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Ridge and Shakori Trails Loop is a 3.9 mile lightly 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.

3.9 miles
524 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly




trail running




wild flowers



Monday, May 29, 2017

Started at the Few's Ford Parking lot and took the lower side of the Buckquarter Creek trail past the Holden Mill bridge and took a left on the Ridge trail. Rivers were up so crossing Buckquarter Creek over the rocks was fun. From there I passed the Buckquarter Creek Campgrounds and took a right on the Shakori Trail, marked by a yellow upside down horseshoe blaze. This is a wooded loop good for trail running if you are adept at taking on roots, rocks and washouts, but suspect it's easier when dry. The highlight for me was the creek crossing, and the rest of the trail was a pretty good workout with some elevation gain. Took a left when back on the Buckquarter Creek trail and took the high side back to the parking lot. Good day for a morning hike, quite a crowd playing at Few's Ford. Enjoyed the 4 miler.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hiked the Ridge and Shakori trails yesterday. Went the Ridge Trail first, there are some very lovely historic cabins/homesites on the trail, they are beginning to succumb to the elements-which is quite sad but their construction is very interesting. The Ridge trail, though not steep and listed as easy, gave me a winding as it was a long upward grade and in some areas we felt as though we were walking through a water cut ravine. The Shakori was a pleasant walk and I would say it was easy. A sudden storm came up and we made it back safely but I'd suggest checking the forecast a little closer or monitoring it with smartphone if storms could be expected.

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