Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

by Johnny Molloy


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Who says you have to travel far from home to go on a great hike? Here are forty of the North Carolina Research Triangle's best hikes, all of them within an hour's drive of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill-from state parks to city parks, including lake- and riverside strolls, treks through history, and even a speedway hike. Whether you're in the mood for an easy nature walk, a day long hike, or an overnighter, this guide offers plenty to choose from. Look inside to find: Poe Ridge, Historic Yates Mill County Park, Ebenezer Church Walk, American Tobacco Trail, Historic Occoneechee Speedway Hike, Eno Quarry Hike, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, Each hike features full-color photos; a brief route description; thorough directions to the trailhead (GPS coordinates included); a detailed, full-color trail map; and at-a-glance information on distance and difficulty level, hiking time, canine compatibility, and fees and permits. Inside you'll also find a Trail Finder that categorizes the hikes (e.g., best hikes for great views, best hikes for children or dogs, best hikes for history lovers) as well as Green Tips and information about local lore, points of interest, and the area's array of wildlife.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493017133
Publisher: Falcon Guides
Publication date: 04/01/2016
Series: Best Hikes Near Series
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Johnny Molloy is an outdoor writer who has camped more than one hundred nights in the wild each year since the early 1980s. The result is over 50 books, including hiking guides to Virginia, West Virginia, and Tennessee, as well as tent camping guides to Colorado, Wisconsin, Tennessee, the Carolinas, Georgia, and the Smokies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

How to Use This Guide 7

Trail Finder 9

Map Legend 14

Greater Raleigh and Jordan Lake Area 15

1 Clemmons Educational State Forest 16

2 Historic Yates Mill County Park 22

3 Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve 27

4 Lake Johnson Loop 33

5 Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve 38

6 Peninsula Trail 43

7 Poe Ridge 48

8 New Hope Lakeside Loop 54

9 Ebenezer Church Walk 59

10 American Tobacco Trail 64

11 Bond Park Hike 69

12 Lake Crabtree County Park 74

13 Schenck Memorial Forest 79

14 Loblolly Trail 84

15 Company Mill Loop 89

16 Sycamore Trail 95

17 Sals Branch Loop 101

18 Shelley Lake Loop 106

19 Lake Lynn Loop 112

20 Eagle Spur Trail 118

Greater Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough Area 123

21 Rhododendron Bluff Hike 124

22 Piney Mountain Double Loop 130

23 Johnston Mill Nature Preserve 136

24 Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area 142

25 Historic Occoneechee Speedway Hike 148

26 Cox Mountain Hike 153

27 Holden Mill Circuit 159

28 Eno Quarry Hike 164

29 Cole Mill Loop 169

30 Laurel Bluffs Trail 175

31 Eagle Trail 181

32 Little River Regional Park Hike 187

33 Horton Grove Nature Preserve 192

34 Pennys Bend Nature Preserve 198

Wake Forest and Falls Lake Area 203

35 Falls Lake Trail at Rollingview 204

36 Falls Lake Trail from Boyce Mill 210

37 Blue Jay Point County Park 215

38 Falls Lake Trail at Falls Lake Dam 221

Wilkerson Nature Park 226

40 Durant Nature Park 232

Hike Index 238

About the Author 239

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