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Best trails in Wilmington

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Looking for a great trail near Wilmington, North Carolina? AllTrails has 9 great trail running trails, walking trails, kid friendly trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Carolina Beach State Park or Fort Fisher State Recreation Area, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Abbey Nature Preserve or Brunswick Nature Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Wilmington ranging from 0.7 to 15 miles and from 9 to 62 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Wilmington
Top trails (9)
#1 - Halyburton Park Loop
Halyburton Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 35 m
#2 - Greenfield Lake Park Trail
Greenfield Park
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 40 m
#3 - Smith Creek Loop
Smith Creek Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 55 m
#4 - Pages Creek Trail
Pages Creek Park Preserve
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 23 m
This nature preserve offers a one mile trail for walking, hiking, running, and biking. A kayak launch will soon be available in the future. About half of the trail is along a creek and marsh with plenty of openings for wildlife viewing. There are an abundance of birds that call Pages Creek home. There is a gravel parking lot, trash can, and dog waste bags at the trail head. For more information visit: https://parks.nhcgov.com/pages-creek-park-preserve/Show more
#5 - Long Leaf Park Loop
Long Leaf Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
#6 - Gary Shell Cross City Trail
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Length: 15 mi • Est. 6 h 8 m
These multi-use trail runs through Wilmington and has multiple starting points along the way: Halyburton Park, Empie Park, and McCrary Park. This route starts at James EL Wade Park.Show more
#7 - Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve
Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 17 m
The Bluethenthal Wildflower Preserve is an approximately 10-acre natural area in the center of the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus. It has about 1 mile of easy trails throughout and offers a nice escape from busy campus life, with a small pond and plenty of benches for quiet sitting. From the UNCW website: In the fall of 1972, several of UNC Wilmington's biologists were concerned over the "progress" the university was making. New buildings, roads and parking lots necessary for the institution to grow had begun to invade its valuable natural areas. An area of particular concern was a meandering nature trail that began near Hoggard Hall and flowed east. Since 1964 this trail had been used by the faculty to teach students about ecological principles and to familiarize them with native plants and animals, but campus expansion reduced the trail to half its original size. However, on the portion that remained thrived the most diverse collection of native plants found anywhere on campus. The prospect of completely losing the nature trail to development prompted the biologists to draft a formal proposal to Chancellor William Wagoner. In their November 30, 1972, proposal, they state that "if encroachment on this last area is to be prevented, steps must be taken immediately to dedicate it as an inviolate preserve." They requested that the approximately ten acres surrounding the nature trail be dedicated as a wildflower preserve by the University's Board of Trustees and be "forever protected from all other uses." The Trustees supported this action and officially set aside the land in 1973. The Preserve's association with the Bluethenthal family came as a result of the friendship between Janet Bluethenthal and Chancellor Wagoner. Mrs. Bluethenthal lived across the street from the Chancellor's residence, Kenan House. During one of their frequent conversations, she discussed her desire to give to the University in honor of her late husband Herbert. Knowing Mrs. Bluethenthal had a fondness for native wildflowers, and keeping in mind the desires of the Biology Department, Dr. Wagoner saw the opportunity for a wonderful union. He presented her the Wildflower Preserve proposal, and she agreed to its objectives. Mrs. Bluethenthal then generously gave her time and money to help with its establishment. On November 8, 1974, the old nature trail was officially dedicated as the Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve. As you walk the cypress and pine covered trails, marvel at the insect consumption of pitcher plants, or relax to a symphony of song birds, say a little thank you to Mrs. Bluethenthal and the members of the University with the foresight to protect this wonderful woodland habitat. Because of their vision and action, you will forever have this natural gem.Show more
#8 - Ogden Park Loop
Ogden Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 24 m
#9 - Veterans Park Loop
Veteran's Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m