Explore the most popular birding 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.

This is an in and out, up and back trail. Endor iron furnace trail had parking at the Wicker St end and a gazebo at the other end but no parking. Easy trail cuts along Applebee's and the Shopping Center. Not crowded when I was here.

This is a nice easy walking trail. It's close to the road and you can hear the cars, but nice enough to see some nature, as well. I got a few great shots on the hike. No dogs allowed on this trail so be aware if you are thinking of bringing your walking partner. There are other places to walk with a dog but not on this trail. When you get about .6 miles down, on the right there is a bridge. If you go to the left to the top of the hill, there is another 1.4 mile trail available up and back (1.4 each way).

Very nice trail. Some city and some away from shopping centers. There is a creek toward the end of the trail and at the beginning, you will cross through some shopping center areas. It was clean and I saw 3 people on the trail. The only thing dirty was the build-up from a flood in the creek that held a bunch of trash. The trail kept count of miles every .2 miles. There is a gazebo near the end of the trail. I walked this trail after walking the trail at Kawana's Family Park. I used the bridge and walked to the beginning of the trail there. I didn't know there was parking at the trailhead.

hiking
14 days ago

I didn't find this trail to be a loop. Maybe it has changed since the hurricanes? I don't know. I walked in till I came to a 3-way fork which ended up being near the fork of the rivers which I knew was not like the app is showing. At the 3 way fork, the yellow trail marker (Schoolkids) only showed going back where I just came from and the other two forks showed different trails. I'm not sure if I messed up but I did stay on the yellow markers the entire time until that point and it just ended and that was it. I ended up crossing 2 trails, following my GPS to get out before dark.

I did this hike and got lost! I thought it was a loop at the end, but somehow I ended up working through 3 trails to get back to the truck before dark. It was wet but that's what we have everywhere. There are signs at each fork but they are showing an arrow pointing the same way where you could take 2 different trails. I was totally confused . I wished there was signage that says which way is back to the parking area. GPS doesn't work very well as there is no service/very little service down by the river.

hiking
1 month ago

The trail was full of down trees which can be expected since we've had so many hurricanes and rain. The only problem I had was when I detoured to the area where the monument was then I got turned around and couldn't find the right trail. I ended up somehow getting right back on the same trail I came in on and not making the full loop. I wished it was a little more clearer as to which trail is which one when they meet up together.

mountain biking
2 months ago

Fun but challenging it's a black diamond trail so be careful if in experienced

My first time here. Took my two boys 20 and 10 and they both loved it. Beautiful serene and pure nature. We spent about2 hours here! Weather was perfect daw a few other hikers. Overall wonderful experience.

Nicely groomed trail for running, just wish it was longer!

Good views and easy trails.

the only thing I didn't like was no signage at crossroads. At one point from the overlook, I ended up in Yates Mill again instead of the loop I wanted.

Good scenery and interesting trail

hiking
5 months 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
6 months ago

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

walking
6 months ago

Nice paced greenway! Very pretty, very simple.

hiking
Saturday, October 21, 2017

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!

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

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.

hiking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Ticks, ticks, ticks!!!

mountain biking
Thursday, August 03, 2017

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

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

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

hiking
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.

walking
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!

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