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Mason Farm Main Trail

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Trail

1.8 mile 3.0 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 19' 6 m
Descent: -20' -6 m
High: 253' 77 m
Low: 235' 72 m

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Max Grade: 1% (1°)

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A wide gravel trail through the flatlands of Mason Farm.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers

Access is by permit only. Permits are available at the North Carolina Botanical Garden Education Center at 100 Old Mason Farm Road Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

Runner Notes

A flat, even trail.

Description

Getting to Mason Farm is the biggest difficulty. You have to pass through the parking lot of Finley Golf Club and drive on a gravel road until you can cross the stream on a low overflow bridge. You'll have to drive through the stream to cross. After heavy rains, there may be too much water flowing over the bridge for a safe crossing. Use caution.

From the parking lot, you jump on the obvious gravel road that leads into the park. Take a right at the intersection after which you cut through two separate fields.You pass the Shagbark Hickory Trail on your right and go through a lovely field and back into the forest. Shortly, you enter a swampy area with a long boardwalk. Eventually, you make it back to higher land and head north through the forest until you reenter the first big field you crossed when you arrived.

Flora & Fauna

Between the creek and the swamp, this is one of the best places for birding in the area.

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Jun 10, 2017
Joshua Evans
This trail is very flat wide gravel roads for the most part, but can be a great escape from the roads. 1.8mi — 0h 14m

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Fallow farmland creates beautiful scenery along the trail.
Apr 21, 2017 near Chapel…, NC
A boardwalk aids your passage through the swamp.
Apr 21, 2017 near Chapel…, NC
After a day enjoying the trails at Mason Farm Biological Reserve, head north from the parking area to enjoy a quiet lunch by Morgan Creek before hopping in the car.
Apr 21, 2017 near Chapel…, NC
New stiltgrass along the Mason Farm - Main Trail.
Apr 25, 2017 near Chapel…, NC
The beginning of the Shagbark Hickory Trail.
Apr 21, 2017 near Chapel…, NC

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