Explore the most popular Paddle Sports 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.

hiking
1 day ago

Nice little trail to bring the kids on! Mostly in the shade. Part of the greenway at the end is closed, so getting back to the main entrance requires a brief treck in the sun on the edge of a busy road. Still a good choice!

Great trail! Due to recent storms, some areas of the path was overtaken by fallen trees but was easy enough to around or over the trees. Would definitely recommend!

hiking
1 day ago

We hiked early on a Sunday morning, a bit muddy from the rain the day prior but very beautiful views of the river. We hiked only about a mile and a half down because we have a 5 and 3 year old - they loved it and we were able to find several places to take off their shoes and let them get their feet wet. It was very secluded, didn’t run into anyone else on the trail. Would definitely recommend this to others.

This is the 2nd trail I've done in this park, and it's one of the prettiest parks ever. A Good level of difficulty, beautiful terrain, and very clean. The trail is rocky at times, but not terrible.

hiking
scramble
6 days ago

hiking
8 days ago

I tripped and fell twice. It may be that I’m clumsy, but they should have better first aid supplies in the visitor center. They had almost nothing. They didn’t even have a lot of antiseptic wipes. They didn’t have big enough Band-Aids. They certainly didn’t have a person who knew what he was doing. I am very disappointed

Nice easy trail. There is a section where you have to cross the river

Great neighborhood trail! There was an even mix of hikers, bikers, families with small children, and people walking their dogs. Not too crowded on a Saturday morning. There’s a good amount of shade for most of the trail.

hiking
9 days ago

The local Scout Troop often hikes the trail keeping it clean. Murphy Rock Stars hide painted rocks along the trails. This is a local favorite, after heavy rain periods the trail can become muddy. Our Scout Group Hikes this Trail 6-8 times a year.

on Lake Johnson East Loop Trail

10 days ago

It really good!

did this today

Moderately high traffic depending on the time/day but easy in-town stroll. decent and flat running route but there is a section in the woods to watch out for roots

hiking
14 days ago

The signal out here wasn't that good and I think I lost my "verified" hike. When I got back to the car, it showed 2.7. I did take a little side trail and I also walked down to the overlooks of the lake. Very clean, no bugs and I didn't even spray before I went. I left my day pack in the car to save weight. My knees are really bothering me so I felt like this was a good (low elevation) trail to take. The lake was pretty. Saw a rabbit, geese, ducks and butterflies. A few people on the trial, but all nice folks. The weather was cloudy and perfect!

hiking
14 days ago

Maybe one of my favorite trails and I’m stead park. This trail head at all including very well marked trail cleared out nicely and good terrain to challenge you a little bit. Highly recommend this out and back trail

Heavy storms the night before but beyond some standing water in spots the trail held up well and stream crossings were tricky but manageable. This is a peaceful hike and rarely crowded. Proximity to the Eno River throughout but with separation/elevation lends to the best of both worlds for those who enjoy being by the water as well as in the woods. Climbs and descents are short and not too steep but you know you’ve worked in a few places. Just be alert to copperheads if you’ve got your pooch with you.

camping
blowdown
bugs
muddy
over grown
rocky
washed out
17 days ago

this loop is definitely a challenge. the last mile and a half of eagle creek is straight up, and Jenkins ridge has several climbs up on the way down and is also extremely steep downward. Also, dont underestimate flint gap on lakeshore. 19 water crossings knee deep to waiste deep on eagle creek. only two reliable water sources on Jenkins ridge, Devils race patch and the creek near the bottom starting 2.4 miles from hazel creek. lots of history on hazel creek. Jenkins ridge is also VERY overgrown and can be easy to wander off trail. lots of patches the first 3 miles where growth hides your steps and a misstep could mean a steep tumble down hill.

small trail, very crowded on weekends in June, so it was difficult to find a spot to ourselves. our dogs enjoyed it and it was an incredibly easy trail (we took our old English bulldog and he was fine), but I'd recommend another place,or go during the week, if you want some peace and quiet

hiking
rocky
21 days ago

We went after 6, and there were a TON of lightning bugs along the trail!! We took the puppy and he loved it too, except the suspension bridge! Wear good shoes - lots of rocks and roots that can easily trip you up. Great scenery, but definitely a "moderate" trail!

hiking
21 days ago

A lot hillier than I imagined but overall it was awesome. Great views

I love the trail with my kids.

Love beaver lake, my fiancée and I walk around the lake when we are bored during the week. It’s very easy and relaxing. There is a lot of foot traffic but nothing that makes it impossible to walk. The half of the trail away from the road is not graveled but very easy to walk on. If you are an outdoor runner this is a great loop!

hiking
22 days ago

Truly enjoyed spending time with my boys on this scenic hike.

hiking
bugs
rocky
22 days ago

Great Trail but I did not expect that trail to be so long. The description of this trail says it’s 6.70 and my Apple Watch said it was 8.25 miles which took us 3hrs 30 min to complete. Also keep in mind that it gets really humid by the water so I say go when it’s below 85 degrees and take a lot of hydration.

So much trash on the trail!

hiking
23 days ago

Great trail, lots of shade and wide path. My dog loved all the smells and relaxing by the water. We also camped overnight at Fanny’s Ford campground. It was so peaceful! You’ll have to start the trail down at Fews Ford picnic area below the footbridge because there’s no bridge near the park office (however it is shallow there in case you want to wade through).

on Cedarock Park Trail

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
23 days ago

Really enjoyed this trail! Perfect for taking a walk with my pup. Very easy.

hiking
28 days ago

What a fantastic place that is truly “fun for everyone.” It can be hard to find hikes in this area easy enough to bring the family, from very young to not-so-mobile. The very easy gravel trail/gravel driveway is on private lands for the first mile allowing auto access for the owners, but public is allow to walk the path which stays directly along the water. Lots of people bring their lawn chairs and coolers to hang out in the water on a hot summer day. Plenty of areas to wade, fish, swim... you can walk about 7 miles before it dumps into the French broad river. Walk further down or go during the week to get away from the crowds. Oh, and watch out for naked hippies...I’ve seen all sorts of wildlife on my hikes but never ran into naturists before... somewhere around mile 2 it got a little weird!

It’s an easy and great trail. I would recommend getting to the trailhead early because parking fills up fast with everyone wanting to swim in the quarry.

hiking
29 days ago

Good trail overall and well-maintained and well marked for most of it. However at the end of the loop before coming back to the main portion it is not marked too well and I took a wrong turn. Thank you AllTrails or getting me back on course.

hiking
29 days ago

I did this one yesterday and a few days earlier. The sign says 7.2 miles, but my trusty Apple Watch says it’s a bit longer. It could use a few more trail markers as I’ve been known to wander off the path from time to time. Overall, it’s very nice.

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