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« on: January 22, 2013, 04:52:15 PM »

Usually go by Jordan Lake. Went by the Haw River one over the weekend, but way too muddy.

Are there some other good trails north of Pittsboro?
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« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2013, 09:50:15 PM »

Briar Chapel, if you don't mind a hilly start.
It's my personal favorite, but it is shared with bicycles.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 11:22:15 AM »

i like to walk the haw at the state park in bynum.
it's about a 40 minute hike to pokeberry creek and back.
(and nice to have a picnic where creek meets river).
it actually goes all the way to highway 64, but if there has been a lot of precipitation (like there has), you can't easily cross pokeberry creek to continue the trail.

if that was where you walked and it was muddy, it's only because of all the rain/snow. my dog loves that walk!
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2013, 03:50:16 PM »

Yeah, my wife runs quite a bit around Briar Chapel. I was thinking of a less residential setting.

I was trying to walk on the trail next to the parking lot near the big bridge over the Haw.

Has anyone walked on the American Tobacco Trail over by 751?
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2013, 04:05:26 PM »

I bike on it all the time.

It's wide and straight and flat with long but very gentle hills (remember it's an old RR track).  The southernmost 6-7 miles or so are surfaced with packed granite sand.  The rest is asphalt.

It's very popular for bicycling.   Personally, I think it would be pretty boring to walk.
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« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2013, 07:44:59 AM »

The Tobacco Trail is a great trail. There can be a lot of bikes, horses, joggers and families out strolling and walking their dogs especially on nice weekends. We choose to ride during the week when there is less traffic. I don't think it's rustic enough for you but you should still go and check it out. Here's a little news on the northern part of the trail.

http://www.wral.com/first-security-camera-posted-on-american-tobacco-trail/12016587/
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« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2013, 12:01:48 PM »

Need to be clear that the security problems are on a separate part that is north of I-40 and not connected to the rest of the trail that is south of I-40.
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« Reply #7 on: January 26, 2013, 05:07:51 PM »

Need to be clear that the security problems are on a separate part that is north of I-40 and not connected to the rest of the trail that is south of I-40.

It's important to be alert on ANY trail, regardless of location. You can be attacked on any trail. In fact, it's more likely to happen on other trails now that security is being set up on the areas where attacks have occurred.
If you're out on any trail, leave your iPod at home and pay attention to your surroundings.

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« Reply #8 on: January 26, 2013, 05:09:07 PM »

Yeah, my wife runs quite a bit around Briar Chapel. I was thinking of a less residential setting.

I was trying to walk on the trail next to the parking lot near the big bridge over the Haw.

Has anyone walked on the American Tobacco Trail over by 751?

You do realize there are trails, and I'm not talking about walking around the neighborhood, right?  The trails are anything but residential. It's all wooded, and not near any homes.
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« Reply #9 on: January 26, 2013, 06:47:10 PM »

Has anyone walked at the park just before Southern Village?
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« Reply #10 on: January 28, 2013, 04:19:58 PM »

Cavegirl, thanks for the reminder. I have not been on those other trails, but have heard about them from others.

Is there a map of them somewhere?
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« Reply #11 on: January 28, 2013, 08:22:11 PM »

Maps of many local trails can be found here.
http://blog.2sparrows.org/2009/12/31/trails-of-chatham-county-briar-chapel/
There is parking for the trail along a side street, I believe it's the second street on the left after you enter the main entrance (from 15-501) of Briar Chapel. The street is called Catullo Run. Turn left on Catullo Run, and parking is almost immediately on the right. If you walk a bit further up, along the main road, not Catullo, rather than entering the trail, I believe there is a large posted trail map.

As far as the Southern Village trails, I have gone with the kid before, but they're not really worth going back. I go to Briar Chapel with and without the kids (they don't mind the challenge of the hills, and they can handle a 2 or 3 mile walk). We also head into Chapel Hill occasionally and walk at Cedar Falls Park (on Weaver Dairy Road) or very rarely at Umstead Park (the Chapel Hill one, not the other one). They love to travel to Hillsborough to hike at Occonneechee Mountain, too, but that doesn't happen very often because it's a trek just to get there.

The trails at the new(ish) Rock Ridge Park are fine, if you like paved walks, but they're definitely not my favorite, and I'd only go there with kids, and only if it was too muddy to be out on real trails.

The humor in all of this local trail knowledge I have is that we live on 9 private, wooded acres, with not a single trail. We need to get working on that. Someday. I've been saying that for 12 years.



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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2013, 09:17:25 PM »

Reminder to all yall walking around the haw if you see people fishing can you please not linger and keep talkibg when its obvious we don't want to? Hate to sound like this but it happens alot and im just trying to enjoy myself without people playing twenty questions
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« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2013, 09:24:33 AM »

Reminder to all yall walking around the haw if you see people fishing can you please not linger and keep talkibg when its obvious we don't want to? Hate to sound like this but it happens alot and im just trying to enjoy myself without people playing twenty questions.


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« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2013, 06:21:31 PM »

Hahahaha dang shoulda knew someone would break out deliverance
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