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Brumley Forest Nature Preserve, Chapel Hill

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#5 of 6 in Parks in Chapel Hill
Biking Trail · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
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  • This is the perfect mountain biking trail - enough variety of terrain to be interesting, a few options to make it more or less challenging, with sections for flow, rock gardens, whoopdees. And all... 
    This is the perfect mountain biking trail - enough variety of terrain to be interesting, a few options to make it more or less challenging, with sections for flow, rock gardens, whoopdees. And all...  more »
  • Located not far from where I live, this location is a re-purposed farm that has several trails that are both hiking and MTB riding friendly. The trails are smooth and fast (few rocks and roots... 
    Located not far from where I live, this location is a re-purposed farm that has several trails that are both hiking and MTB riding friendly. The trails are smooth and fast (few rocks and roots...  more »
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  • If you enjoy nature trails, you will be thrilled upon visiting the various loops here! Note: I recommend you take a picture of the map located at Parking. Anyway, I explored Wood Duck Way, Walnut Grove, Flat Tail, Grand Oak Loop and just a scratch of Springhouse. My favorite was Flat Trail in addition to the first half of Wood Duck (assuming you begin counterclockwise from parking off New Hope Church Rd.). My least favorite was Grand Oak (see video in which I’m making my way through a ton of tall plants). Anyway, my preferred trails offer great scenery: bird houses, a pond, multiple bridges, picnic tables, a multitude of vibrantly colored flying species (birds, butterflies, insects) and overall a ton of green life! Things I appreciate? There are trail-loop signs that guide you as you make your way through the forest, color-coded even. There are also informative signs regarding forest life. You can also find a few benches scattered throughout your walk (or cycle; majority were cycling) incase you need to take a break. Ha! One last note? I was disappointed to have found a couple portable potties- locked. I look forward to returning (likely on bike) to take on the larger loops! :-)
  • Beautiful nature preserve with miles of both hiking and biking trails. Dedicated to restoring and preserving the natural order of the forest and keeping water ways clean. My family and I only did the first 4 trails, but the beaver dam and wetland area was the best spot to just relax and enjoy the view. Diverse makeup of wildlife and a quiet atmosphere made for a beautiful walk in the woods. Highly recommend the drive into the old north state countryside forest

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