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.

1 day ago

Nice and easy paved walking trail for kids and dogs.

hiking
1 day ago

Super crowded trail, but nice.

rocky
1 day ago

This a great place to go hiking! I started my hike at the stream loop trail by the picnic pavilion. After crossing the bridge I took the dam loop trail around until it meet the summit loop trail. From there it’s only a short climb to the summit. After having lunch on one of the benches at the summit, I continued along the summit loop trail. From the summit down a short ways it is a maintenance road. Don’t miss the turn to the right. It’s marked by a small arrow on a short post about ankle high. There is a fenced graveyard there so look for that. From there it loops back around to the bridge. I crossed back over and took the discover loop trail to the right. (You could also go straight down the maintenance road here, but I prefer the trails and the extra distance). In a short distance you cross over the maintenance road. The trail continued until I got to a field across from the picnic pavilion where I started. There are a few steep climbs and descents along this trail so be ready. The trails here have a wide range of scenery. There is evidence of a recent prescribed burn in the are also. P.S. Sorry for the gap in my tracking. I forgot to resume after lunch.

hiking
1 day ago

dog friendly..awesome

been hiking and camping here for over 20 years .very easy trail that ends at the old town of runion where you can see old foundations and a strong hold that was once laurel river logging company. great place for all abilities .... WARNING....several timber rattle snakes have been spotted .my first encounter in 20yrs my son and i got very lucky when one struck at my feet nearly tagging my ankle. Im 5miles from hurricane 2.5 miles from stackhouse with no cell phone service..

hiking
muddy
5 days ago

trail running
5 days ago

Great trail. Very flat. After finishing the first side and crossing the bridge the trail is to your right just before the first driveway. Always take the trail to your right when running the second half. Upon coming to the end it appears like a dead end, just turn right and cross the area of shallow water to get back to the parking area. The water doesn’t come past the top of your shoe but is a little slippery.

hiking
6 days ago

such an amazing trail! the overlook is so beautiful

I didn’t see anywhere on here that the lake portion had been closed, took the yellow trail with the kiddos and was simple enough for a beginning trail but mostly went to have them play in and around the lake and by the time we walked around the signs indicated it was closed so that was a bit of a bummer.

great work out trial condition good no litter spotted

plenty of other people. little buggy in spots. paved pathway... felt a bit funny carrying my walking stick. haha. runners and bikers, dogs too! nice trail, but I prefer off road and almost alone!

Beware if you are hiking with a dog. You need s local permit to be on this trail! Other than that, it was pretty, easy suburban hike around a lake.

hiking
off trail
10 days ago

This trail is a nice loop. Just over 3.6 miles according to the GPS on my Fitbit. The concrete spill way at the end of the trail is traversable, it is less than an inch deep. I've completed the entire loop 4 times now, crossing the spillway has never been a problem. BUT is it a bit slippery. The trail is only 3.6-ish miles if you complete the loop. The first half of the trail ends on a road, turn right, cross the bridge, and the second half of the trial is right there on your right just on the other side of the bridge. The second half of the trail is hiked much less often and is less maintained. There was a few orange ribbons (engineers tape) the last time I was there on some branches to help you know what route to take, but there was still a few forks that were unmarked. Rule of thumb is... always take the route that keeps you closest to the reservoir. I took one route the other day that lead me into a construction area , lol.

hiking
11 days ago

Level, beautiful, simple stroll around the reservoir - about as good as it gets.

hiking
14 days ago

Great place. Little trails available for biking.

Great trail! Really enjoyable and refreshing. Also very well maintained. Just a heads up there is a loose plank on one of the bridges at 35.88003, -78.75991.

hiking
15 days ago

Great trail.

hiking
off trail
rocky
15 days ago

I would recommend this for sure! it's hard to believe how deep into the woods it goes with it being so close to the city. if you want to go off the cement trail, almost right after the bridge you'll see a sign for a lookout. go up there and by the picnic table there's a trail that leads you around the edge of the water for a while. and it keeps you away from most people.

Lots of snakes. I'm from Colorado so I wasn't prepared for that.

hiking
21 days ago

rainy day hike! refreshing!

great easy trail.

trail running
23 days ago

Beautiful, but 100% asphalt.

hiking
25 days ago

cox mt trail has changed its route some from last year, I believe. I added fannys ford loop this go round to add another bit to the hike. saw several snakes, none dangerous.

hiking
off trail
over grown
25 days ago

walking
26 days ago

Such an easy hike/walk for the family and dogs!! Nice Easy Wide Trail.

Beautiful today as it was cool, did not complete the entire Loblolly Trail but went to the second bike road. One day I’ll reach the end!

Great loop, will be doing it again.

hiking
blowdown
bugs
muddy
28 days ago

Camped over night I the backpacking campsite. Very easy trail no big surprises. Lots of birds to see other wildlife not so much. The owls were extremely talkative at night.

finished off my day at the park with this little hike. nice afternoon hike!

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