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

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Sanford, North Carolina Map
15 days ago

Brought my dog for a scenic river trail hike. A little sketchy to get to. Not much parking. Trails are only slightly labeled. Won’t be going back even though this is so close by.

They are currently adding MORE trails! I actually got to see some of the men working today. From the overlook path, you can now go around and loop back to the White Pine Trail without actually backtracking. Spiderwebs are more abundant the closer to the river so carry a long small stick to knock them down. The view from the point is gorgeous! The Gilbert Yager Trail is currently closed due to erosion as of today. July 17, 2018.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Pretty rad trail. Challenging for new riders. Plenty of jumps, rocks, roots, logs and other obstacles

1 month ago

Nice paced greenway! Very pretty, very simple.

9 months ago

This is really more of a mountain biking trail. There's a couple of walking trails, but if you want to get back in to the woods, you're on bike trails. Which is fine, if you don't mind stepping out of the way of the bikers. It definitely a sweet place to bike, though.

Also, there is nothing hard about this trail. Very manageable for someone of any aptitude. My dog enjoyed it too!

10 months ago

I did the Muir Natural Trail, but I couldn't find that exact one on the app. It's a nice, short hike. Very clean. The only thing is that it seems to be more a mountain bike area. The hiking trail is separate, but there are some areas of overlap. Beautiful area. I'd definitely go back to check out more of the hiking trails.

Took my 3 dogs on a walk in late afternoon. Def watch the spiderwebs in your face... a stick works well or for me I had my tall husband to walk ahead of me ;) Nice easy walk: some roots and rocks and a few inclines but nothing too difficult. Very pretty area, covered in trees and partially along the river.

Ticks, ticks, ticks!!!

mountain biking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

impressive. could use a bit more maintainence but trails are very good

Friday, June 09, 2017

Nice stroll down to the river and features some white pines growing in the middle of the area. The Triangle Land Conservancy does a great job preserving our natural areas in the Triangle, as well as provide their signature laminated wood signage and well maintained trails. A good place to get away to nature.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Nice walk in the woods and down to the water, has some huge (as well as small) white pines growing in the middle of the area. The Triangle Land Conservancy again has done a great job preserving our natural areas in the Triangle, as well as provide their signature laminated wood signage and well maintained trails. While not one of my favorites, still a good place to get away to nature.

Saturday, March 04, 2017

This is a great trail for conditioning yourself before hiking longer trails.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Great trail walk with Rachel Wilson. Some water damage from the hurricane and a few trees down but nothing we couldn't get around

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I can't say enough how magical my White Pines is to me. Of all the area, this is my spot. Not many people, no amenities, no cell phone signal, and a plethora of natural sights make this truly- getting back to nature. One of the only places like this in the area. Each time you go will be different, in regards to leaves and foliage. It is simply beautiful. A breeze through most of it going down and even one great little overlook where the rivers meet. Many thanks to the Triangle Land Conservancy for giving us a special place that is so wild and beautiful.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Solid excursion trail with well marked trail blazes for even the beginning hiker.

Nice and isolated without a lot of noise other than the occasional plane.

Started on the Green 'Gilbert Yager Trail'. At about 70% of the way through there is a non marked left for the Green trailblazer. Looped down to the river with a hook back on the 'School Kids Loop'.

Nice elevation changes with great views--even under the canopy of late September.

Dog friendly--heavy spider web content--may need a 'Spider Stick' or a trail buddy at least 6" taller than you are.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

We love it. This place is wonderful. And trails go around the lake . It is easy hike.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

well i couldnt get all the way around the trail. at certain points it was so overgrown and narrow I couldnt even see where it went.
my little one was slipping off the edges and close to falling in the river.
I would not really consider a "kid friendly" trail. However, the views of the river when you get down there are beautiful!!! you are RIGHT NEXT to the river and could even walk out on the rocks if you wanted to. Bring bugspray.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's a sort of small loop. My small child was easily able to walk around the entire thing. you can get right down to the river, which is nice. Im posting this in August and the bugs are definitely overwhelming right now though!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

I hiked with my wife and three kids...they just loved it. Trails are properly marked to enhance the experience. Definitely I will come back to do the other loops.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Good trail. My 11 and 9 year old loved it. My 3 year finished by himself, but he was ready for a nap by the end of the trail.

trail running
Saturday, May 21, 2016

This place is great. Family friendly and fun to walk, run, or bike. There is very easy route around the perimeter of the lake that is just under a mile. It's beautiful to look at. Run it twice for a good daily run. If you want to follow the bike trails make sure you bring water and wear bug spray.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

This trail was beautiful. I loved the way it wound beside Deep river. The trail had been untraveled by the time we reached it and there were literally hundreds of turtles sunbathing on the rocks in the river. As we walked up the trail you could watch and hear the turtles plop into the water. I was able to get a few pictures of rocks covered with turtles! We would have liked to see more history on the cable bridge. Overall we had a magical day exploring this trail.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

great trails and family oriented park

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

This trail is 10 miles long if you bypass the expert sections, and 12 if you ride everything. Great trail with lots of challenging terrain. Definitely not a beginner trail. Lots of new jumps added over the winter. If it's been a few years since you last rode this trail, it's not the same trail.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Trail was the best so far I ran. Says 4 miles and some changes, I do ran today about 6 and not same route and even skipping some routes means is more then those 4 was annotated. Have all kind of stuff, jumps, hills, new trails, all .....
So far the best one of 5 on my belt using this app.....

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Not recommend if your not a expert.

mountain biking
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Great trail, the "mega jump" section is a lotta fun we have been working to put better lips on the table tops though so it can be cleared great drop and six pack section I hit it up regularly

mountain biking
Monday, March 04, 2013


on Schoolkids Trail

Friday, December 21, 2012

Quick trail worth a visit for the historical aspects and scene of the appropriately named Rocky River. Cable bridge remnants made more interesting by the info provided by the Triangle Land Conservancy online pamphlet.


on River Trail

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Hiked this again today with the family. We all enjoyed the scenic river area. Noticed lots of beaver activity along the shoreline with a good number of trees chewed down and removed. The oldest white pine on the property is still a nice stop. Just a pleasant time all around.

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