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Korstian Foot Trail Loop



6.9 mile 11.2 kilometer loop
97% Runnable


Ascent: 482' 147 m
Descent: -480' -146 m
High: 465' 142 m
Low: 267' 82 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)


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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

This loop combines several of Korstian's foot trails.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closed September 26 through December 16, Monday - Friday for deer herd reduction .


A nice route that tours the hills and the river bottoms of New Hope Creek.

Runner Notes

A few sections of loose cobbles.


Start on the Concrete Bridge Road for a short while until you see a sign for Gate 25 to 26 connector. Continue on until you see the Rhodo Bluff Trail sign. Take this until you get to the next intersection and follow the sign for the High and Dry Trail. You'll next come on an the NHC (New Hope Creek) South and the Laurel Hill Trail. Take the NHC South Trail to the right.

After 1.6 miles, you'll see a large hill with some rocky faces to your left. Cross the creek where you can (it's hard with higher water) and go right on the trail New Hope Creek North trail.

At about 1.7 miles you'll make a small creek crossing. If you are finding it hard to cross, continue upstream further and there's usually a good spot to cross.

Continue along the creek until your at about 2.5 miles and you'll see Mrs. Brown's Connector to the left. Make a quick ascent and soon you turn left on Mrs. Brown's Trail.

At around 3 miles you reconnect with New Hope Creek North

At about 3.5 miles look right for a trail that heads uphill and back. This leads to the summit of Piney Mountain. Hit the summit and stay left heading back down hill eventually reconnecting with the New Hope Creek North Trail.


Follow along the trail passing the Concrete Bridge Road bridge where you'll take a right. Head uphill on Concrete Bridge Road until you see Big Bend Trail to your left. Big Bend Trail eventually turns from a fire road to a footpath as it descends, meeting up with New Hope Creek North. Go left here and finally reconnect Concrete Bridge Road where you turn right and climb uphill to where you began.

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New Hope Creek gurgles with abundant flowing water during the wintertime.
Jan 3, 2017 near Chapel…, NC
A rare snowy day makes for a nice treat on New Hope Creek.
Jan 7, 2017 near Durham, NC
An old wall or dam being slowly subsumed by the New Hope Creek.
Jan 6, 2017 near Durham, NC
Sandbar on New Hope Creek.
Jan 6, 2017 near Durham, NC
The summit of Piney Mountain comes alive in the afternoon sun.
Jan 7, 2017 near Durham, NC
The descent down Piney Mountain Trail offers picturesque woodland views.
Jan 7, 2017 near Durham, NC


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