Johnston Mill Nature Preserve Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike explores a protected parcel of the upper New Hope Creek watershed. Follow New Hope Creek downstream past two former mill sites, then make a loop around a tributary—Old Field Creek—walking hilly bluffs and streamside flats. These watercourses deliver beauty in each season, luring you to return for multiple visits.
Sometimes while driving, we roll on bridges right over creeks and never give them much thought. However, many creeks in the Triangle area harbor natural beauty and a glimpse of the area’s past. New Hope Creek and its tributary Old Field Creek are two such waterways, streams that once hosted mills where local farmers ground their corn into meal, streams now functioning as wildlife corridors, valleys where trees rise regally to cool the waters below them, and where wildflowers from trout lilies to jack-in-the-pulpit color the woodland floor."