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

Elon, North Carolina Map

I've been to this park several times. Even on a wet winter day, the trails are easy to follow, even with a carpet of leaves on the ground. Signs are well-placed to keep you on track.

This is a well visited trail for me. Great place to walk your dog. After it has rained, the trail tends to get muddy near the river, so be careful of that if you don’t have the proper footwear.

Trail was very wet and muddy. my 3 year old was disappointed we couldn't find the homestead when we followed the homestead trail. It was an okay walk through the woods. wear good shoes if there has been rain recently.

Nice easy morning hike with the dog. Very well kept and marked trail and easy to navigate. heavily wooded with good cover.

Nice little gem of an easy morning hike with the dog. Very well marked and managed and easy to navigate. A few trees are down after remnants of hurricane Michael but easy to hop.

Pros: Easily accessible, lots of parking, and few visitors
Cons: This trail is extremely mosquito ridden. We only hiked about 5 minutes before we realized there probably would not be any relief. Even with bug spray this trail is not good for dogs because of the bugs.

We will try again in winter and leave another review!

This hike is also known at the Shallow Ford Loop Trail; it forms a grand tour of Alamance County's Shallow Ford Natural Area. More relief than you might expect for eastern NC. Mixture of river side and upland hiking. Bugs are fairly bad along the river in the summer. Trails are well-marked with plastic diamond blazes color-coded to match the trail color on the map; also all intersections are signed. Nice Haw River views on the west side of the loop. Overall, pleasant if not outstanding hike.

A great and quiet place for a day hike. It is a diverse place to hike with hills, straightaways, stream crossings, all located on the overgrown remains of a historical homestead.

Highly wooded trail. Expect lots of mosquitoes, bugs on your hike. Did see some frogs, and interesting insects, so it wasn’t all bad.

Great trails with a variety of options for loops/ distances. Good for hiking or easy trail running! Scenic views of creek and river.

Great trails for hiking or easy trail running! Very accessible- many different route options that are easy to follow.

Me and my son hiked a portion of the trails and had a blast. Loved the field of wild flowers and grass. The trails were not too difficult, but kind of muddy from the rain. Wear good solid shoes!

Offers multiple trails. One stays close to the river, the other passes by a beautiful open field. Not too easy, not too hard.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Nice quick single track hike with a few loops available to extend your hike.

For Alamance County, this is a gem.

i enjoy the trails here and love tje varing scenery. wildflowers are close to the start and mushrooms are everywhere. deer can also be seen.

Saturday, May 07, 2016

It was fun good 4 girls scouts to camp

Very fun!!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

It was cool, but not cold. There was almost no wind so it was perfect winter hiking.

Beautiful February day. I did not see the ruins because we did not take the Homestead trail.

Nice and we'll kept!

Nice place to get wet with dog and splash kids, down near camping area, all trails very beautiful and shady on this 100 degree day!

Great trail, beautiful and very easy with only some hills

Saturday, October 12, 2013

I hiked the 2.2 mile Homestead Trail the other day, whick takes you past the ruins of an old homestead (duh) where you can still see the chimney and a few other features. It was a peaceful spot to stop and consider what life might have been like 100 or so years ago for the folks who lived on that quiet hill above the Haw River. I only saw one other person that day, near the parking area, although it was a weekday morning shortly after the gate opened. The woods are pretty open so you can usually see a fairly long way. It also provides some nice views of the Haw River as you pass the 3 primative, walk-in camping areas on the western leg of the hike.

Friday, April 26, 2013

The natural area actually has 4 trails which intersect to give more or less distance for the hiker. The Hidden Trail is like hiking in the mountains. The Homestead Trail goes right by the old chimney and other remnants of a cabin. Some of the trails go by the Haw River, some go by and over via bridge Basin Creek where there once a gristmill. I love this area since I live close and it has such a diverse range of trails.
There are 3 pretty nice campsites down by the Haw River which even have fire rings. Camping is free for residents of Alamance County and $10.00 for others.
To sum it up 2 of the trails are 2.2 miles, one is .75 miles and the other is about.1 mile.
There is signage and trail maps at the parking lot.

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