Rhododendron Bluff Circuit

Durham, North Carolina

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This loop visits one of the deepest valleys in the Triangle area. You might even call this part of New Hope Creek a mini gorge as it cuts a rocky, rapid-filled swath beneath Piney Mountain. Situated in the Korstian Division of Duke Forest, upland fire roads lead down to New Hope Creek, where you then join the New Hope Creek South Trail. Enjoy hiking along the rugged and stony stream with bordering rocky flats that resemble waterways of the Carolina mountains. Come upon the base of Rhododendron Bluff, a steep, evergreen-cloaked hill and sheer cliff towering over New Hope Creek. Leave the creek, using forest roads and trails to complete the loop.
Best Easy Day Hikes Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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Best Easy Day Hikes Chapel Hill, North Carolina

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)

This loop visits one of the deepest valleys in the Triangle area. You might even call this part of New Hope Creek a mini gorge as it cuts a rocky, rapid-filled swath beneath Piney Mountain. Situated in the Korstian Division of Duke Forest, upland fire roads lead down to New Hope Creek, where you then join the New Hope Creek South Trail.

Enjoy hiking along the rugged and stony stream with bordering rocky flats that resemble waterways of the Carolina mountains. Come upon the base of Rhododendron Bluff, a steep, evergreen-cloaked hill and sheer cliff towering over New Hope Creek. Leave the creek, using 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, P.O. Box 90332, Durham, NC 27708, (919) 613-8013, www.dukeforest.duke.edu
Local Maps: Duke Forest Korstian Division; USGS Chapel Hill
Driving Directions: Directions to Rhododendron Bluff Circuit

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