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

Good trail, had some really nice scenery and would be a good running trail. It does get pretty buggy in the marshy areas so bring some deet.

hiking
8 days ago

nice and quiet. variety of plant and bird species.

trail running
12 days ago

Great for trail running has a variety of graded terrain with amazing veiws!! Highly recommend

Wonderful trails with so much to see both man-made and natural. Fun to explore. Always clean and well taken care of. Beautiful area.

Great for a nice liesure walk. Any level, any age can enjoy the beauty.

hiking
18 days ago

This trail is well maintained and has some really pretty views. Plenty of shaded areas as well as sunny areas where you get a good view of the ocean. We brought our five daughters with us and
they had no problems doing this trail.

hiking
21 days ago

Beautiful 6 mile loop (approximately). Shaded the entire trail. Some nice elevation gains throughout. Sounds of the flowing river in the background. We had a blast!

Great short afternoon or after work hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great out and back trail. Beautiful primitive campsite along the way. Knowing this history is a big plus. Highly recommend.

Great hike to see the historic Pump Station ruins and great view of the river with lots of rocks there. We continued west on the trail and kept going on the Laurel Trail until we were across from Bobbit Hole (see the chimney ruins). The trail to that point was up and down ... sometimes along the river and sometimes branching away a bit. At the chimney ruins, there is a trail that goes down to the river where we were able to cross to north side of river by hopping rocks and then walked east on the Bobbit Hole trail and then Cole Mill Trail. We kept going east Pea Loop and Dunegun loop trails until we were across from the Pump Station trail, Crossed the river again, rock hoping, and then returned to the Pump Station parking. Fun hike.

walking
1 month ago

The garden is beautiful and there’s always something new to discover! Check it out!

One of my favorite places to walk. The new NCMA Park is beautifully designed and welcoming. Plenty of paths/trails to walk on even when it’s busy. And you get to look at art for free! Only issue right now is that there are no restrooms outside, so when the museum is closed there are no restrooms in the park. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.

hiking
1 month ago

Good moderate hike for varied ages and dogs. Well marked, well traveled, and very beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

I went with my mom and dog I loved it

hiking
1 month ago

I took my son and my dog, it was a lot of fun to hike. It was also pretty scenery, especially hiking next to the creek. It was a good 6.3 miles starting at the Reedy Creek entrance parking lot and doing the entire company mill loop - very fun!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail in a little over two hours, just like the sign at the trailhead says. The trail to the tower runs through biking trails that are a part of the Fire Mountain system, but it’s marked all the way up. Look out for bikers and other hikers as the trail intersects several times. We brought the dog with us and she had a great time, too. The trail itself is clearly marked, relatively clear and bramble-free, and winds through the woods. It does get a little narrow at some places. Go on clear days!! We made the mistake of going right before a storm rolled in and being on a mountain during lightning and high winds is scary! The towers are cool and the view of Cherokee is amazing.

1 month ago

Well marked trail. It pumps your heart rate up for a good work out. Pretty scenery and peaceful. Make sure you take your time to admire the creeks, and bridges.

Great day for a hike, went down Company Mill Spur from the Harrison entrance to Umstead, crossed the bridge and started the loop counterclockwise. Took the 1 mile shortcut via the Reedy Creek crushed gravel multi-use trail and rejoined the Company Mill at the top of the big hill, where there are nice benches near a historic graveyard for water, a snack and a quick rest. Nice trail for trailrunners, dog walkers, and children, seems a bit crowded on the weekends. Upon the return went over to the dam area and spotted a 5 foot long water snake sunning on a rock. Although I've been on this trail many times, there always seems to see something new to see on this trail, one of if not the most popular trail in Umstead State Park.

Beautiful spot. So near the airport but rarely heard planes. Lots of wildlife to be seen and heard. The loop was moderate as advertised. It was a welcome diversion after work!

hiking
2 months ago

Great spot to take the pups. Had tons of fun playing in the river and he got to see some squirrels as well!

on Elliot Coues Trail

mountain biking
2 months ago

This is a beautiful trail with mix of hikers and mountain bikers. Travel is single track and bi-directional. There are elevation changes on the beach side with great views of dunes, beaches, and ocean. The sound side offers a canopied trail with numerous boardwalks and nature sitings. Two or three laps of this 3.2 mile loop make a great workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Best 82 year birthday present ever from hiking buddy James. First time around loop counterclockwise. Back part along Sycamore Creek was a challenge. Recharged on downhill stroll back to iron bridge then huffed and puffed back up to parking lot. Thanks to all for such a treasure!

Really good workout, tackled this from the Harrison Road entrance, starting at the far end of the first parking lot to the left. Down hill to Crabtree Creek, then went clockwise up Company Mill trail to the stone bridge on the Graylyn trail, and crossed over to take the Sycamore Loop counter-clockwise and back to the bridge and back out Company Mill. Lots of trail runners, people walking their dogs, quite a bit of traffic. Came across about a six foot black snake. Trail has some good rolling ups and downs, offers a great sampling of Umstead Park.

The GPS map takes you all around the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. About half the trail is paved and there are informative historical signs at different points along the trail. The view of the sound is excellent and you can walk right onto the sand beach and get your feet wet if you want.

The Lost Colony amphitheater is a stop along the trail and we happened to meet one of the actors who gave us insights into the production of the show. White Ibis were wondering the grounds and obviously used to having their pictures taken. The visitors center at the start of the trail has educational movies and exhibits about the first English colonists that were interesting.

walking
2 months ago

Lovely, beautiful gardens for an easy stroll or brisk walk. My adult son and I visited in April, impromptu.. as we were just walking around the area and walked past the gates. Glad we stopped in.

hiking
2 months ago

Very nice park with lots of activities, Cedarock Park has frisbee golf course, equestrian trails, boating, lots of picnic shelters, hiking trails, historic buildings, and a visitor center. The green trail has either a 1.5 mile or 2.5 mile option if you take the upper loop. Markings are ok while on the trail, but there are a few areas that could be better marked for hikers, i.e. the mowed picnic areas with no clear line of sight arrows once you are in a picnic area. The trail is nice along the creek, and is essentially a walk through the woods. The historic dam and mill adds interest to the hike, and you can go past the dam to the end of the loop and get to the other side of the dam without having to cross the creek. Start of hike is from picnic shelter #3 and goes down through the mowed fire pit area across the bridge. Upon your return make sure you stay right after crossing the bridge in the mowed area to go back up to the parking area. Good for kids, but be careful near the dam as the rocks are slippery with algae...

hiking
2 months ago

My son and I walked all around the Duke Gardens. It was drizzling most of the time, but it was still very beautiful. We had fun watching the turtles and frogs in the smaller pond in the south eastern part of the garden.

Everything you could want. Awesome art indoors and out and trails! Loved this place.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this trail!! Well marked and great for dogs.

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