Schenck Forest Trails

Various • 22.2 mi • 0 ft

The woodsy Loblolly Trail links William B. Umstead State Park with RBC Center, near North Carolina State University’s Carter Finley Stadium. On the way, it passes through the university’s Schenck Forest, with connections to the Frances Liles Interpretive Trail, and the Reedy Creek Greenway, a wonderful side trail to the North Carolina Museum of Art and downtown Raleigh. Descriptions of the following trails are included: the Loblolly Trail, South Turkey Creek bike and bridle trail and the Frances Liles Interpretive Trail.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Raleigh
Length: 22.2 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderately Strenuous
Other Uses: ADA
Local Contacts: William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department, Schenck Forest
Local Maps: USGS Cary and Raleigh West
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I loved about 75% of this trail, would have rated it a four except for the 25% of the trail that ran right along I-40 and there was constant traffic noise. This is an urban trail sandwiched right in the middle of Raleigh, Durham and Cary North Carolina so that's to be expected. I started the trail at the western end at Umstead Park on a Friday during workday hours. The Loblolly trail is well marked in the park with green trail markers. I'm always amazed at how quiet it can be in Umstead Park in spite of the urban location. Once I the crossed Reedy Road Lake Trail I didn't see any more hikers or trail runners and the trail was criss-crossed with spider webs, so I knew it had been a while since anyone had been through. Once Loblolly trial leaves the park it is fairly well marked with white blazes painted on trees. In the transition from the park to Schenck Forest you hike through the Richland Creek flood control area and lake. After the grassy part of this trail you might want to check for ticks, I found a few on my legs. In the Richland Creek flood area and the first half of the Schenck Forest I saw plenty of deer and also Great Blue Hereon on the lake. I have a few of the trail landmarks and some wildlife photos posted at

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