Spoon Branch Trail

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Spoon Branch Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Burlington, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 134 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly




horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips


bird watching








wild flowers






historic site

Cedarock Park is a 500-acre park located in southern Alamance County that enjoys more than 150,000 visitors annually. This expansive nature park was established in 1975 on the historic farm of John and Polly Garrett, and continues to serve the citizens of Alamance County and visitors with a wide variety of outdoor facilities. The park offers six miles of hiking trails, six miles of equestrian trails, two disc golf courses with a total of 36 holes for play, a historical farm restored to the late 1800s time period, two fishing ponds, a picturesque waterfall over an old mill dam, picnic shelters and gazebos, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a playground, canoe and kayak rentals, camping, and ample field space for open play. All trails are marked with colored blazes on trees every tenth of a mile. Keep an eye out to make sure you're on the trail you intended! None of the trails are particularly strenuous hikes, but they do involve some inclines and are mostly natural surface so please use caution and know your abilities. Rock Creek Trail offers a little over two miles of hiking through mature hardwood forest. You can access the trail from several points but the main trailhead is near Shelter 3. The trail consists of two loops and a connector to the trailhead. You will not only enjoy views of the creek throughout the trail, but also spectacular views of the waterfall over the old mill dam.

1 month ago

Love this park!! Wonderful trails to 'get lost' on and explore!!

It was hot today but enjoyed the hike. Lots of roots and things to trip on so be careful. I enjoyed the gentle ups and downs, seeing a herd of deer a few times. (same group). I got lost once until I figured out I was re-looping AGAIN and backtracked to the bridge. The deer distracted me and I didn't take the correct turn. So my hike turned into a 2.1 instead of what it says, No one on the trail I was on the whole time. Had it all to myself.

recorded Cedarock Park Trail

8 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail! Perfect for taking a walk with my pup. Very easy.

11 months ago

Really enjoyable trail that gives a bit of a “lost in the woods” vibe, which is always fun. Only a few other people even on the trail that day so it was super peaceful. I liked that there were a variety of challenges and changes in path style, incline, scenery, etc. Went in the fall and I’d love to see what blooms in the spring. Great place for scouting fungi. Seems like a good place for a variety of activities.

Mon May 28 2018

Very nice park with lots of activities, Cedarock Park has frisbee golf course, equestrian trails, boating, lots of picnic shelters, hiking trails, historic buildings, and a visitor center. The green trail has either a 1.5 mile or 2.5 mile option if you take the upper loop. Markings are ok while on the trail, but there are a few areas that could be better marked for hikers, i.e. the mowed picnic areas with no clear line of sight arrows once you are in a picnic area. The trail is nice along the creek, and is essentially a walk through the woods. The historic dam and mill adds interest to the hike, and you can go past the dam to the end of the loop and get to the other side of the dam without having to cross the creek. Start of hike is from picnic shelter #3 and goes down through the mowed fire pit area across the bridge. Upon your return make sure you stay right after crossing the bridge in the mowed area to go back up to the parking area. Good for kids, but be careful near the dam as the rocks are slippery with algae...

Fri May 11 2018

Very quite and my family loved it:). The trails was wide enough for my bf me and our 6 dogs:)

Sun Jan 28 2018

Soothing and relaxing trail walk/run with multiple trails. The dam was really cool.

Sat Oct 28 2017

Great for dog walk.

Thu Oct 12 2017

There's 3 miles of trails here. It can get a little confusing as all of the smaller trails intersect one another. The dam waterfall is quite amazing!

Tue Jul 04 2017

Great Saturday activity with the dogs

Wed Jun 14 2017

Awesome trail kinda short but it's beautiful

Tue Aug 02 2016

Very relaxing and easy hike for beginners. Great waterfall too. Good for hiking, horseback riding, disk golf and picnics.

Fri Jun 10 2016

the trails here are great and so are the other aspects of cedarock! id like to get back out there again soon!

Thu Mar 31 2016

I love the trails here, and how nature is completely surrounding. There are a few different trails you can hike/walk depending on the distance you would like to go. I gave this four stars because the map on site is a bit confusing at first.

Thu Mar 31 2016

Great trail. Love the scenery and the various terrain. I love a trail that can feed my craving for adventure and the Spoon Branch portion of this park definitely does.

Sun Feb 28 2016

Nice and quiet but don't think it's worth the drive because didn't find it an interesting hike except for small waterfall I just uploaded. Seems good for horses though.

Thu Dec 03 2015

I had a wonderful time enjoying the view and hiking with my best friend and her daughter.

Sun Jan 19 2014

First trail run with my puppy and girlfriend went great here. New to the area and couldn't wait to get back at it

Thu Dec 26 2013

This park is maintained by Alamance County. The address is Burlington however it is located several miles south of Burlington of Highway 49 South. I have walked an GPSed the entire set of trails. There are a new net of trails which are marked green, white, and blue. These trails are blown clear of leaves on a regular basis and are easy to follow. They total approximately, 4 miles. There still exist the older trails which , at this time, are blocked by logs, etc but are excellent trails but without signage. The markings and guides for these trails have been removed so if you get on them you better have a GPS or just keep walking, you'll eventually come out or connect with the new trails. The trails average 1.5 miles to 2.5 miles. You may be able to find a copy of the old map, cached online which by overlaying with the new map, you can get the gist of what is out there. I have both maps plus my GPS maps so can do anything from 1 hour to 3 hours of hiking.Milage is too complicated to compute. Basically, the trails are maintained by those who do not and have never hiked and do not understand the importance of knowing where one is when hiking. New trails are being laid out with markers visible in the woods off the trails. These trails are in the planning stage only and are not usable, at all. The park is open year round. There is a bridal trail which circles the park. This trail is also blown clear of leaves and is delegated to the use of horses only.

Mon Oct 14 2013

To be as close as it is to Burlington, it's a nice hike. It was a little more challenging that I expected, probably still easy but getting up to the moderate range. A couple spots were a little tricky figuring out which way the trail went, and there are some side trails that can be confusing if you don't have a map. On a wekday morning I was the only one on the trail, at least in the 2 miles or so that I traveled.

Sun Nov 27 2011

This was a first hike in N.C and alot of fun with the dog. Alot of stone out cropings and streams. Some wildlife, deer and owls. A nice easy hike to shake off the morning brain fog. I hiked it daily for four months and never got sick of it. REALLY!!

Sat Feb 20 2010

Hiked in winter and spring. Nice hike both seasons.

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