PARKS & RECREATION

Many active residents choose to use the available greenways and sidewalks to travel between their homes to school, work, other neighborhoods, and parks. These connectors allow preservation of land, trees and plants, and wildlife; allowing residents and visitors to enjoy the trails for recreation and serenity.

www.triangletrails.org
www.hawriver.org
www.tlc-nc.org
www.hawrivercanoe.com

Downtown Chapel Hill Walking Map PDF

Morgan Creek Hiking Trail

Off South Columbia St.
Chapel Hill
(919) 968-2784
Open dawn to dusk
Starts at US Highway 15-501 and runs west to Smith Level Rd. The trail runs through Southern Village and links with a trail in neighboring Carrboro.

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Virginia Cates Rd. (off Orange Grove Rd.)
Hillsborough
(919) 383-1686
Open dawn to dusk.
There’s an elevation difference of about 350 feet from the Eno River to the mountain’s summit at 867 feet above sea level, the highest point in Orange County. The trail starts in a typical Piedmont meadow, then climbs into a chestnut-oak forest. Climb higher to a rugged knob covered with metamorphic rock and Virginia pines. Descend to the Eno River for more rarities including 20-foot rock outcrops dripping with rhododendron, mountain laurel, sweet pinesap and galax.

Upper Bolin Creek

Off East Franklin St.
Chapel Hill
(919) 968-2784
Open dawn to dusk
Starts at the Chapel Hill Community Center off South Estes Dr and runs west for 1.5 miles to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, formerly Airport Rd. A extension runs about a mile further, connecting with a trail in neighboring Carrboro.

Cane Creek Reservoir

Located 10 miles west of Carrboro on NC Highway 54
(919) 942-5790
Open from late Mar. to Mid-Nov, Thu-Sat, 6:30am-6pm; Sun, 1-6pm
The reservoir was built in 1989 to complement University Lake. Free picnic and sunbathing areas. Rowboats, canoes and motors are available for rent. Fees charged for lake use, boat rentals and related activities. Parking.

University Lake
130 University Lake Rd.
Chapel Hill
(919) 942-8007
Open from late March to mid-Nov, Fri-Mon, 6:30am-6pm
The 213-acre lake was built by the University in 1932 as a source of drinking water for the University and the communities of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, as well as an outdoor recreation facility. Free picnic and sunbathing areas. Rowboats, canoes and motors are available for rent. Call for rates and reservations.

Eno River State Park
6101 Cole Mill Rd.
Durham
(919) 383-1686
Open 8am-9pm (May-Aug.); 8am-8pm (Apr. & Sept.); 8am-7pm (Mar. &Oct.); 8am-6pm (Nov.-Feb.); closed Christmas Day
More than 3,900 acres of natural beauty along 14 miles of winding riverbanks. Wilderness areas feature hiking, back-country camping, fishing, canoe access and nature programs. Three areas in Orange County are Cabelands (on Howe St off Sparger Rd), Fews Ford (Cole Mill Rd) and Pleasant Green (on Pleasant Green Rd). Parking. Pets allowed on leashes. Picnicking

Johnston Mill Nature Preserve

Mount Sinai Rd. (off NC Highway 86)
Chapel Hill
(919) 833-3662
Open daily, dawn to dusk
Located 1.1 miles east of NC Highway 86, with a parking area on the right just before New Hope Creek. Three miles of intimate hiking trails traverse this 296-acre sanctuary.
Explore mature forests, discover historic mill sites and splash in bubbling creeks. 

Little River Regional Park and Natural Area
301 Little River Parkway
Rougemont (north of Durham)
(919) 732-5505
Park is open 7 days a week, 8am-5pm; plus extended seasonal hours.
Natural area of 391 acres has 7 miles of hiking trails, 7 miles of separate mountain-bike trails, picnic shelters, playground, 1/4-mile ADA trail and restrooms. Straddling Orange and Durham Counties, the park entrance is off Guess Road northbound between St. Mary’s Rd and New Sharon Church Rd, 1.1 miles into Orange County on the right.

Duke Forest
The Duke Forest comprises 7,020 acres of land in Alamance, Durham and Orange counties. Its six divisions are fully accessible through a network of roads and fire trails. There are over 45 separate entrances into the six main tracts of land that make up Duke Forest.
(919) 613-8013