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Richland Creek Trail

Intermediate

Trail

3.2 mile 5.1 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 56' 17 m
Descent: -111' -34 m
High: 382' 116 m
Low: 286' 87 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

A quirky trail that burrows under the freeway and accesses Carl Schenck Memorial Forest.

Russell Hobart

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek

Description

Starting in the parking lot, head to the back corner and enter the forest. After 0.25 miles, you'll cross Edwards Mill Road and continue on. Re-enter the forest and after another 0.25 miles you'll come upon a double tunnel under the highway. The creek runs through the left tunnel, and you'll cross on the lighted side on the right. The far side is a bit tricky as you should look for a rope to help you balance your way across the edge of the creek.

From here, you are in Carl Schenck Memorial Forest and the trail follows the creek through some lowlands that certainly get quite wet when it rains. The trail gets a little braided here but as long as you stay within sight of the creek you won't lose your way.

Cross Reedy Creek Road and go right where you meet up with the Reedy Creek Trail for a short while. Peel off left and border Richland Lake. Weave your way through some open green space and head into the forest. The trail soon ends at the William B. Umstead State Park where it connects to the Loblolly Trail.

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#863

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Looking down the trail where it connects with Reedy Creek Trail.
Nov 22, 2017 near Cary, NC
Loblolly Pine among the Beech trees
Nov 22, 2017 near Cary, NC
Walking Bridge near Edward Mills Road, at beginning of Schenck Forest Trail
Jan 11, 2018 near Cary, NC
Creepy tunnel passing under highway
Nov 22, 2017 near Cary, NC
Inside the creepy tunnel
Nov 22, 2017 near Cary, NC

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