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.

Nice little trail and have walked it a few times over the years. It's even got several geocaches for those who like geocaching!

Great easy trail we walked with our dog. Fun times

some construction on scenic trail

hiking
12 days ago

Super easy and very relaxing. We will definitely be back again when it gets warmer just to enjoy it more! Not strenuous and beautiful views of the Laurel River the whole way

this trail is currently closed

hiking
16 days ago

Beautiful in town trail. Enjoyable walk.

Trail were very nice and well maintained and the over look of the river was beautiful. The lake has a diving board which is pretty awesome! Very friendly park staff, very much so recommend.

nice view of the river and rocks. easy hike down and up.

hiking
18 days ago

Definitely recommend for trail runs. My wife and I usually run on loblolly. However we ran this for the first time today and we think it’s our new favorite trail for running in Umstead!

paddle sports
18 days ago

I thought this was a walking trail but was only for kayaking. Looks pretty cool though. Will have to kayak here when the weather warms ups a bit.

hiking
bridge out
18 days ago

Our original plan was to hike Holden Mills but the connecting bridge was out. Still a good hike!

hiking
muddy
19 days ago

Good hike, beautiful water. Good rocks. Pet friendly, saw a lot of dogs. A bit muddy; varies based on conditions, but takes a long time to dry out.

hiking
20 days ago

Due to recent weather the trail was a bit slippery in places but loved the parts along the river. Should be beautiful in the spring and fall. Agree that it should be ranked “Easy” not “Moderate”.

The Murphy River Walk is one of my favorite trails in this area. It is meticulously maintained and even in the middle of winter there are always a couple of people walking the trail. I've met a lot of interesting people in the few short months I've been regularly walking it. I can't believe the trail isn't on AllTrails yet.

hiking
muddy
20 days ago

Had to make a variation because of mud but it was a beautiful day.

trail running
muddy
20 days ago

I took this "wildlife trail' near the restrooms, to the left. It was passable, but still very wet. It basically was just woods. I did hear an eagle cry and saw 3 deer but they snorted and took off so fast, I couldn't get the picture! The Easter flowers were up and budding. Nice little trail but wear your hiking shoes if you don't want wet feet. This does not come out to the lake.

I liked it. A little bumpy with roots and was pretty muddy when I went.

on Lake Lynn Trail

27 days ago

absolutely beautiful ❤️

cliffs of the neuse is a great place to hike . loved it

hiking
29 days ago

I walk this multiple times a week and it’s a great and easy paved trail around Lake Lynn. A good place to walk or run if you have kids. If you have strollers be aware that some parts of the path are bumpy because of tree roots growing through, but they’re still passable.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

This was a nice trail and I added in the Fanny Ford trail to complete it. Was very slippery down by the river, so watch the mud. It looks like it is nearly dry but very slick. Enjoyed the hike. Ice on the ground but the weather was perfect!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Nice trail today. A little muddy in area and the mud is very slippery even with hiking shoes but still very nice trail today. I walked the Cox mt trail and just continued on with this trail back to the bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Great side trail off Raven rock. We stopped at the end and eat our lunch while listening to the cascading water. Just a wonderful day

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Great trail. Very muddy in spots after a rain. Good workout

hiking
muddy
private property
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
washed out
1 month ago

Nice

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

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