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Shepherd Nature Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

0.8 mile 1.2 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 68' 21 m
Descent: -91' -28 m
High: 450' 137 m
Low: 383' 117 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)

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Trail shared by Russell Hobart

This is a short nature trail with easy access.

Russell Hobart

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek

Runner Notes

This is a pleasant trail for trail running.

Description

The trail can be accessed from the South Loop Trail. To get to the start of the trail from the parking area, carefully cross the road and take South Loop Trail north a short distance. The Shepherd Nature Trail soon connects heading off to the left.

The trail lies on land formerly owned by the Shepherd family from back in the 1700's. Along the entire trail, there are informative signs that explain the area's history and ecology. Much of the trail passes through mature, mixed-hardwood forest, and many of the trees are identified by markers.

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#3

in Duke Forest

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#3

in Duke Forest

#437

in North Carolina

#10,952

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Photos

Splitting of the loop trail
Jan 28, 2018 near Durham, NC
Small mossy island in a stream
Jan 28, 2018 near Durham, NC
Picnic Shelter
Oct 31, 2017 near Durham, NC
Trailhead
Feb 13, 2019 near Durham, NC
Trail crossing
Feb 13, 2019 near Durham, NC
Trail education
Feb 13, 2019 near Durham, NC

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