Johnston Mill Nature Preserve (35.995439, -79.054108)

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Johnston Mill Nature Preserve

Quick Facts

Trail Map: .jpg, .pdf
County: Orange
Acres: 296
Trails: 3.6 miles
Difficulty: Easy - moderate
Hours: Dawn - Dusk

The land for the Johnston Mill Nature Preserve was purchased in 1999 by the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to identify and protect important open spaces in several counties.

The preserve has about three miles of trails on 296 acres along New Hope Creek in Chapel Hill. The trails are well-traveled and extremely popular, especially with local dog-walkers.

Editor's Note: Johnston Mill Nature Preserve has a longstanding problem with dog owners allowing their animals off-leash. I have never visited this preserve without being jumped on by at least one unleashed dog, and on my most recent trip I was bitten. Triangle Land Conservancy did not return an email about this issue.

I do not recommend this hike if you do not wish to encounter uncontrolled canines. Visitors are encouraged to contact Triangle Land Conservancy regarding this issue.

Robin's Trail (1.2 miles, easy)
Old Field Bluff Trail (1.7 miles)
Beech Loop (0.6 mile, moderate)
Creekwood Spur (0.1 mile)

Mostly typical suburban critters, including 125+ bird species. Serious wildlife viewing opportunities limited due to heavy traffic. The four-toed salamander is said to be a resident.

Plant Life
Mixed pine/deciduous forest. Identification placards indicate some common tree species. Trout lily may be seen in early spring. Look for green violet in late spring.

Remnants of Johnston Mill

External Links
Official Site


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