Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve

Durham, North Carolina

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Check out huge old-growth beech trees overlooking scenic Swift Creek on this relatively short but biologically diverse hike in a small preserve. First you reconnoiter bottomlands and Swift Creek then come alongside Beech Bluff, where the old trees— and wildflowers—grow. Next, climb the bluff to view Swift Creek from above, then loop back to drop off the bluff and explore Overcup Oak Swamp.
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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

Check out huge old-growth beech trees overlooking scenic Swift Creek on this relatively short but biologically diverse hike in a small preserve.

First you reconnoiter bottomlands and Swift Creek then come alongside Beech Bluff, where the old trees— and wildflowers—grow. Next, climb the bluff to view Swift Creek from above, then loop back to drop off the bluff and explore Overcup Oak Swamp.

© 2016 Johnny Molloy /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Durham
Distance: 1.8
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Triangle Land Conservancy, 514 S. Duke St., Durham, NC 27701; (919) 908-8809; www.triangleland.org
Local Maps: Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve; USGS Apex
Driving Directions: Directions to Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve

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