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Nice MST section through the woods at Falls Lake, lots of ups and downs around the fingers of the lake. Good for trail running, dog walking, family outings. Park in the upper parking area of the Upper Barton Creek Boat Ramp area and trail entrance is to the east of the parking lot (looking uphill to the right). Can be muddy in spots after hard rains. During winter months you can see more of the lake. Some remote beach areas as well. Enjoy!

16 days ago

Mostly dirt and gravel road from the park visitor center to the Peninsula Point trail, which is a fourth of a mile from the end point on the lake. You can ride your bike to the trail, where there are park benches. Good for a bike ride, dogs on leash, good for a family outing, good for trail running. Some nice mixed hardwoods and pines along the way and no fishing is allowed on the lake from the shore. Nice stroll.

Loved that it felt like you were in the woods but really right off the road. The first or front loop wad well marked but once you got to the paved road a different story. I don't recommend going until it dries up some. The second 1/2 of the trail wss hardly marked so good luck there. I still have no idea how you're supposed to get back to your car because how we got back was not good climbing through vines, rocks.

Nice quick hike from Falls Dam parking area, straight up the road to the MST, left on the Blue Dot Trail and then back on the MST to the entrance of Annie Wilkerson Nature Preserve and return back the same way. Lots of forest with glimpses of Falls Lake, some nice bridges and some ups and downs.

I tried running this in November. The trail is well marked, but a half mile into the run it crossed a stream that looked to be about 3-feet deep. It looked like it could be passable at certain time of year, but not in November. Had to turn around.

Great wooded trail. Lots of roots on the west side but flat. A lot more hills on the east side. Must go down to the spillway and climb over the 2 ft wall to get to the damn.

3 months ago

The first half was well marked and easy to follow. The back half is the opposite. While it wasn’t terribly difficult to figure out how to get back, it certainly could be marked better.

Trail is washed out/flooded at 1.5 miles in from the gravel parking lot. Not very scenic and no view -can’t get to Falls Lake because of the high water. Quiet and no traffic tho - perfect if you want to get out and off the high trafficked trails

trail running
5 months ago

We only did 1 side (out and back) perfect single track

great trail for all skill levels!

I wouldn’t consider this moderate… It is a great trail lots of trees, flora and fauna. Do consider this a very nice trail close to home well worth the day

Great moderate run with solid mix of steep grades and gradual elevation changes. Not too much traffic so easy to get in the groove. Early mornings are the best. My dog definitely loves it!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Enjoyed the wooded hike along the reservoir, but this loop gets a little adventurous at places. Starting from the parking lot walking clockwise the first 1/3rd is pretty well marked with orange markers. Then the marking stops and you come out at a road. You have to follow the road across the bridge and pick up the trail by the adopt a highway sign. From there the trail, though fairly well traveled, gets a bit confusing at times. It seems to cross with mountain bike trails at spots. I had to double check with the recording. The last 1/2 mike is well traveled again then you come out at the spillway. The actively draining spillway. Luckily it was just a trickle when I was there and I didn’t get my shoes too wet. If it was really draining I guess you’d have to walk out to the road or take your shoes off and wade.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

I have hiked many parts of this trail numerous times. The Possum Track and Raven Ridge are my favs. It's usually not too busy either. Except for the catfishers near the roads, who leave their trash and the boats blasting trap rap in the summer time, this place is away from it all. A great escape and lots of options for short or long hikes.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Would have to say this loop is moderate, not easy. Lots of roots, quick turns, hilly backside and the trail markings on the back half are non existent so it can be a challenge to stay on course.

Nice trail!

Nice day for a walk in the woods. Coolish temps and a light breeze. Not the typical steamy end of July weather! Jackie and I had a nice relaxing time. Just bought some new Keen Durand boots last night at REI and wanted to see how they worked. Nice and comfortable as expected.

Some sections are better than others.

There are issues with dogs not on leashes. Most of the dogs are from the surrounding homes. Be prepared to protect yourself and bushwhack a bit as needed.

The trail itself is a fantastic way to challenge yourself on distance.

trail running
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Always a great place to run

Monday, January 02, 2017

We hiked out and back on sections 1 and 2 of the FLT / MST from the Falls Lake Dam to the end of Possum Track Road. - Section 1 starts at Falls Lake dam’s Tailrace Fishing Area, where it meets the Neuse River Trail (a paved trail that goes south along the river) and takes you on the south side of Falls Lake to Raven Ridge Road. Make sure you take a right as you meet the road (don't cross it because you'll get into the Honeycutt gameland trail which is gray blazed instead of white blazed), and go across the lake spur to the other side and connect with Section 2 that takes you to Possum Track road. Section 2 is known as the Raven Ridge Ramble, one of the older stretches of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. Make sure you wear bright colors during hunting season as you'll be in and out of gamelands all along the FLT. While not really my kind of trail as it's a lot of hiking in the woods, it's best in winter when you can see the lake. For a New Year's eve hike, this was a good workout, about 14 miles or so.
More info on the FLT sections: http://www.ncmst.org/the-trail/mst-day-hikes/day-hikes-at-falls-lake/

Sunday, December 04, 2016

It maybe the late Fall season, but this was the most boring trail I have been hiking. It is mostly flat and I saw no scenic view. While on the trail, all the sounds I heard were the planes from the sky, the cars from the road and the gun shots from the nearby fire range. Not recommended.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

Great trail for a workout.

Great undulating trails with nice tree canopy shade! Nicely challenging with changing views. Very similar to Umstead trails but with less creeks and streams. Didn't find much drinkable water for my dog though, creek are stagnant. I did enjoy my hike!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Super cool. Did the last segment (Falls Lake Dam), and it was easy and beautiful. Few people in the trail (just saw 3 people).

can't wait to get to the other sections

My husband and I have spent the last couple of months doing sections of this trail on Sundays. Lot of fun. Easy hiking. Some stretches are prettier than others. For most sections, we barely ever run into anyone else, maybe 1-2 people/couples.

Iron scout leg 2.. Awesome

Good trail, very easy walk

We hiked this section listed here today and another at the east end of the lake towards the dam yesterday. Yesterday's was prettier I think and made for a nice trail run as our 3 and 8 year old only did one way (3 miles) and I ran back to get the car. Both nice hikes but once is sufficient I think.

To update: The Mountains to Sea Trail in the Triangle now is continuous from Pleasant Green Road in Orange Co/Eno State Park to Falls Lake Dam. The Neuse River Greenway will soon be incorporated to add another 30+ miles to Clayton and Johnston County.

In reply to David Oh's post: Yes...Much of the the Falls Lake Trail (MST) does pass through NC Wildlife gameland tracts. However, hunting tends to be very minimal on the east of NC 50 as the trail pass more near roads and residential properties. Hunting tends to increase more west of NC 50 as the sections become more remote and follow around NC Wildlife field plots.

I have hiked the entire trail all through out the year, and have rarely came upon a hunter. There are sections of the trail that pass through State Park and city/county lands where hunting is prohibited.

To any and all hikers, just be wise and wear your blaze orange during hunting seasons.

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