Great Blue Heron Loop Trail

MODERATE 17 reviews
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Great Blue Heron Loop Trail is a 3.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Greensboro, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
196 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

trail running
1 month ago

From the parking lot it is 0.5K (0.3 miles) to the loop part. My GPS gives me 4.8K (2.9 miles) for the loop itself. Almost all of the trail is in the forest except when you cross the powerline section twice. There is one spot where you have a view of the wetland area. The thing I like about this trail is there are not a ton of exposed roots although there is a rocky section. This is my preferred trail running choice near Greensboro in the fall when leaf cover makes the rooty lake trail system dangerous for running because of possible ankle sprains. I noticed on a recent run that the leaves had been blown from the trail, an extra bonus for not turning an ankle. Couple of spots with lots of hickory nuts which can be treacherous. A very nice place for trail running but not a destination trail.

7 months ago

Not very scenic. I don't recommend going on this trail the day after it rains.

hiking
8 months ago

Great, quiet trail in newer section of Haw River State Park. Not too many changes in elevation which made it an easy hike for the two kids (5 and 6).

hiking
8 months ago

This is a wonderful new loop and the only trail in the Iron Ore Belt Access section of the park (it is not even listed on the park website yet...you can get a map at the trailhead or the Summit Center information area). It is nearly four miles long and includes a beautiful meadow, a hardwood/mixed forest with some amazing trees and a large wetlands area bordering the Haw River. It is much more secluded than the trails in the park's Summit section. Keep a close eye out for wildlife (I spotted many types of birds, a large turtle sharing the trail and a cottonmouth...though the snake was expired).

hiking
8 months ago

2nd hike on this trail.Great wildflower trail.Very peaceful.

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Thursday, September 01, 2016