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Best trails in Burlington

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Looking for a great trail near Burlington, North Carolina? AllTrails has 13 great trail running trails, hiking trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Eno River State Park or Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Duke Forest Korstian Division or Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 10 easy trails in Burlington ranging from 1.2 to 2.4 miles and from 534 to 692 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Burlington
Top trails (13)
#1 - Spoon Branch Trail
Cedarock Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 49 m
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. Show more
#2 - Haw River Trail
Great Bend Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
#3 - Rock Creek Loop
Cedarock Park
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 51 m
#4 - Cedarock Park Equestrian Trail
Cedarock Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 55 m
#5 - Haw River Trail and Island Trail
Great Bend Park
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 30 m
#6 - Haw River Trail: Glencoe to Carolina Mill
Great Bend Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
This section of the trail follows the banks of the Haw River and is an easy escape into nature. The trail starts at Glencoe Paddle Access and heads south, downriver, to the vacant Carolina Mill building. On the way, the trail passes an old dam site with remnants of a mill race evidenced all along the path. Be on the lookout for signs of beaver, turtles sunning on logs in the river or great blue heron and kingfishers along the banks. Show more
#7 - Haw River Trail: Great Bend Park to Indian Valley Paddle Access
Great Bend Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 56 m
The trail heads upriver from Great Bend Park and skirts the edges of the Indian Valley Golf Course. The trail is mostly flat and fast. Portions of the trail are in the open along the edges of the fairways and portions are in the woods next to the river. There is a short road section but the trail drops back into the woods after passing a few houses. The trail ends at Indian Valley Paddle Access. Show more
#8 - Big Oak Trail and Woodhaven Trail
Town And Country Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 50 m
Town and Country Park is a hidden gem in Burlington. Tucked away in a neighborhood along the Haw River, these single-track trails offer an escape to nature. Please note there are no facilities at this park and on-street parking is available at park access points (Regent Park Lane or Woodhaven Drive). Combine the Big Oak Trail and Woodhaven Trail for a 1.2-mile, figure-8 loop. The trail has some decent hills, follows creeks, has views of the Haw River and passes through a powerline cut filled with wildflowers. On the Big Oak Trail you'll find one of the biggest red oak trees recorded in Alamance County. Wildlife sightings include white-tailed deer, wild turkeys, box turtles, eastern grey squirrels, hawks, black snakes, and more!Show more
#9 - Highland Trail
Great Bend Park
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 12 m
The Highland Trail at Great Bend Park is a short loop on the high ground next to the Haw River. The trail meanders and rolls through this wooded area creating a fun trail with walk or hike. Show more
#10 - Burlington City Park Trail
Burlington City Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 43 m
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