Rhododendron Bluff Hike

Durham, North Carolina

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This loop penetrates one of the deepest valleys in the Triangle area. Here New Hope Creek cuts a mini gorge, flowing as a rocky, rapid-filled waterway beneath steep Piney Mountain. Start your hike on wide fire roads leading to New Hope Creek, where the New Hope Creek South Trail provides a challenging singletrack path. Hike along the rugged and stony stream with bordering rocky flats that resemble watersheds of the Southern Appalachians. Come upon the base of Rhododendron Bluff, a steep, evergreen-cloaked hill and sheer rock cliff towering over New Hope Creek. Leave the creek, using a combination of forest roads and trails to complete the loop.
Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill

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by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This loop penetrates one of the deepest valleys in the Triangle area. Here New Hope Creek cuts a mini gorge, flowing as a rocky, rapid-filled waterway beneath steep Piney Mountain. Start your hike on wide fire roads leading to New Hope Creek, where the New Hope Creek South Trail provides a challenging singletrack path.

Hike along the rugged and stony stream with bordering rocky flats that resemble watersheds of the Southern Appalachians. Come upon the base of Rhododendron Bluff, a steep, evergreen-cloaked hill and sheer rock cliff towering over New Hope Creek. Leave the creek, using a combination of forest roads and trails to complete the loop.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Durham
Distance: 3.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Office of the Duke Forest, Duke University, PO Box 90332, Durham, NC 27708; (919) 613-8013; http://dukeforest.duke.edu
Local Maps: Duke Forest Korstian Division; USGS Chapel Hill
Driving Directions: Directions to Rhododendron Bluff Hike

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