White Pines Nature Preserve Trail

MODERATE 34 reviews

White Pines Nature Preserve Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sanford, 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
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

river

wildlife

White Pines Nature Preserve is owned and managed by the Triangle Land Conservancy and contains 2.6 miles of trails. Several sections of the trail are quite steep as it descends the bluffs along the Rocky and Deep Rivers. The trail is open year-round from dawn to dusk.

hiking
2 months ago

Took my 3 dogs on a walk in late afternoon. Def watch the spiderwebs in your face... a stick works well or for me I had my tall husband to walk ahead of me ;) Nice easy walk: some roots and rocks and a few inclines but nothing too difficult. Very pretty area, covered in trees and partially along the river.

3 months ago

Ticks, ticks, ticks!!!

hiking
6 months ago

Nice walk in the woods and down to the water, has some huge (as well as small) white pines growing in the middle of the area. The Triangle Land Conservancy again has done a great job preserving our natural areas in the Triangle, as well as provide their signature laminated wood signage and well maintained trails. While not one of my favorites, still a good place to get away to nature.

hiking
Friday, October 14, 2016

Great trail walk with Rachel Wilson. Some water damage from the hurricane and a few trees down but nothing we couldn't get around

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I can't say enough how magical my White Pines is to me. Of all the area, this is my spot. Not many people, no amenities, no cell phone signal, and a plethora of natural sights make this truly- getting back to nature. One of the only places like this in the area. Each time you go will be different, in regards to leaves and foliage. It is simply beautiful. A breeze through most of it going down and even one great little overlook where the rivers meet. Many thanks to the Triangle Land Conservancy for giving us a special place that is so wild and beautiful.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

Solid excursion trail with well marked trail blazes for even the beginning hiker.

Nice and isolated without a lot of noise other than the occasional plane.

Started on the Green 'Gilbert Yager Trail'. At about 70% of the way through there is a non marked left for the Green trailblazer. Looped down to the river with a hook back on the 'School Kids Loop'.

Nice elevation changes with great views--even under the canopy of late September.

Dog friendly--heavy spider web content--may need a 'Spider Stick' or a trail buddy at least 6" taller than you are.

hiking
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This trail was beautiful. I loved the way it wound beside Deep river. The trail had been untraveled by the time we reached it and there were literally hundreds of turtles sunbathing on the rocks in the river. As we walked up the trail you could watch and hear the turtles plop into the water. I was able to get a few pictures of rocks covered with turtles! We would have liked to see more history on the cable bridge. Overall we had a magical day exploring this trail.

hiking
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Great trail. Rated moderate for the elevation changes. Nice single track near the river and pleasantly wide on main thoroughfares. Nice views of area and no one else on the trails. Historical info of the cable bridge appreciated and the giant white pine location was easy to find and a spectacular sight of a marvelous tree. Great hike. No restrooms something to consider. Make note to avoid wearing white during hunting season from Sept 8 through Jan 1.

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