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Pumpkin Loop Trail

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Trail

2.5 mile 4.1 kilometer loop
99% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 111' 34 m
Descent: -111' -34 m
High: 567' 173 m
Low: 484' 148 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 7% (4°)

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Trail shared by Chris Lynch

An approximately. 2.5 mile loop in Carolina North Forest on a wide gravel and dirt trail.

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Description

This is a relatively short and wide gravel/dirt trail that is the main access trail to connect to several more interesting singletrack trails in the Carolina North Forest. Its main utility is (1) as an access trail, and (2) it is usable sooner after heavy rains than the singletrack trails, which take longer to dry out.

The trail starts at the Locust Parking Lot in Carolina North Forest. Proceeding in a clockwise direction from the trail access gate, the trail climbs very gradually for the first half mile. Just before 1 mile, you'll cross the PSNC Corridor utility easement, where there is a trail kiosk with a trail map.

Continuing on the Pumpkin Loop, after about 1.25 miles, you'll cross a paved section of the Carolina North Greenway with formal street signs - weird! After another .25 miles, the Pumpkin Loop again crosses the Carolina North Greenway and continues in the woods.

At about 2 miles, the trail briefly joins the Carolina North Greenway before the Greenway ends and the trail continues on for a brief segment that is closer to singletrack than the wide gravel/dirt road that is has been previously. At about 2.25 miles, the trail passes through a gate and then joins the gravel road that provides access to the Locust Parking Lot. The last 0.25 miles of the trail follows this road to the parking lot.

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Jan 14, 2017
Wil Van Gils

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  2.5 from 2 votes

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Ferns provide color even in winter
Dec 25, 2015 near Carrboro, NC
Entry point for Crow Branch Overlook Loop Trail
Dec 25, 2015 near Carrboro, NC
Runner on Pumpkin Loop Trail where it joins Carolina North Greenway.
Jan 4, 2016 near Chapel…, NC
First intersection of Pumpkin Loop Trail with Carolina North Greenway.
Jan 4, 2016 near Chapel…, NC
Brief singletrack segment of Pumpkin Loop Trail.
Jan 4, 2016 near Chapel…, NC
This is the entrance to the Neverland Loops.
Apr 17, 2017 near Carrboro, NC

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