Explore the most popular wild flowers trails near Chapel Hill with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Very nice trail! Only downside is that it's shared with mountain bikers, so you have to keep an eye out for them.

for me, three stars means "good", which is just what this walk is for locals. i wouldn't drive along way to visit, though. the Chapel Hill Public Library is nearby so if you have a reason to go there, this is a nice add-on.

walking
7 months ago

Love to walk this path along with Morgan creek to get about 5 miles. There are two
parks off of it so the kids can play also. It is not heavily populated and you can see and hear the animals around you.

A few different loops to try, feels very open, easy to follow trails, nice scenery, a small amount of inclines throughout

The trail was well marked, very scenic. I didn't expect many people to be there today because it was 27 degrees out, however several groups were out hiking as well. I'm sure it gets pretty busy during the warmer months. I will definitely be back

Fun carrying a toddler in a pack

This convenient botanical garden is just a short distance from the UNC campus and downtown Chapel Hill. I combined a pretty stroll through the series of gardens representing different aspects of southeastern flora along with a nice and easy hike on the surrounding nature trails. This was a great place to visit on a beautiful early fall day.

on Old Field Bluff Trail

walking
11 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, October 03, 2017

On of the nicest short hikes in the Chapel Hill region I've walked so far. We were not alone in the woods though on a Saturday morning.

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

An easy hike with decent elevation for a short hike. There are a few small bridges and stream that runs through the trails. It's a good hike for all levels of experience.

hiking
Saturday, July 22, 2017

This is a very nice walk/hike with wide and very nicely maintained trails. Beautiful woods, some streams. Good also for a jog if you are careful.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great trail. Lots of twists and turns. Not very steep. Great for dog walking

hiking
Sunday, June 04, 2017

One of the best trails starting from Mt. Sinai Rd near Duke Forest, the Triangle Land Conservancy has really done a great job with the donated land to create a 3 mile loop that covers wetlands, grasslands/fields, forests, streams, wildflowers, wildlife, fish, and a bit of elevation. Well marked, good parking, nice wide mostly smooth trail, great for trail running or just a place to escape. I saw fish in the stream, wildflowers along the way, raspberries, beautiful ferns, a hearty poplar tree growing out of an uprooted stump, and was treated to five deer bounding through the woods right in front of me in a straight line - it was absolutely amazing how fast they can cover uneven ground through dense woods with little or no sound. Various types of benches are well placed along the trail with views. Definitely a great trip for a family outing.

Great kid friendly hike with a variety of terrain.

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Had just rained and the NC Botanical Garden forest was very green in May, and flowers were blooming. Trails were a bit muddy. We first tackled the Stream Loop and Hickory trails, then stopped by the gardens. A permit is only required for the Mason Farm part of the preserve, and we did not visit that part, so everything was free and easy to visit. Next we strolled the coastal and mountain gardens, and then enjoyed seeing all the medicinal herbs in the herb garden. Very educational and a nice visit!

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Nice wide clean trails. Several trails so you can put together a really good hike. The creek has some nice views and seating benches are scattered through out the trail system. Really enjoyed this hike.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Good asphalt trail. Connects to Morgan Creek trail and Merritts Pasture if you want to add length.

hiking
Monday, March 06, 2017

Great easy trails
Good parking
Great for dog walking
Choose your timing wisely and you will have the place to yourself

hiking
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Spent 3 hours hiking 8 miles & geocaching along the way for an early bday celebration! Well worth the 40 minute drive!

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Beautiful on a sunny afternoon in late fall. Our whole family loved walking along the creek.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It's a pleasant trail with nice variety. Skip the Bluebird leg - everything else is more interesting.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Nice easy trail with many places to stop and sit.

hiking
Friday, November 18, 2016

One of our favorites. Specially nice in the late fall to early spring when you can appreciate the views through the mature hardwood stands.

hiking
Monday, August 08, 2016

Beautiful!! We saw 3 deer quite close along with a beautiful fawn. An amazing trail like this is quite a nice find! I'll def go again!

hiking
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Scenic greenway in the heart of town. A nice stroll along the creek, but look out "on your left." This path is very well traveled by runners and bikers. If you want greater solitude, go across the parking lot to the Battle Branch Trail.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

This trail is fantastic. A hidden gem. Thanks to the Triangle Land Conservancy!

birding
Friday, May 27, 2016

A permit from the NC Botanical Garden is required to visit this preserve. They will give you further directions. Access to the parking lot involves first crossing a stream that may not be passable at times.

Also note that AllTrails has NCBG tagged in the map on the wrong side of Fordham Blvd.

on Old Field Bluff Trail

walking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Nice walk in the woods along a stream. Serene and relaxing.

hiking
Sunday, February 28, 2016

Easy to access from 40 yet has rural feel and no road noise. Super easy--toddlers can walk this trail. Lots of cute dogs! After a rain the creek is rushing and beautiful. Great for a quick getaway from the real world!

hiking
Saturday, April 18, 2015

Two miles of pedestrian trails that wind near creek. Forest Theater is very cool. Was there on a Saturday afternoon and only saw two people. Very nice leisurely walk with my dog. Quiet in the heart of Chapel Hill.

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