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“Great Hiking and Mountain Biking”

Brumley Forest Nature Preserve
Reviewed 8 May 2018

Brumley Nature Preserve is one of the newest Triangle Land Conservancy properties to open to the public, having opened in April 2017. It is also one of the largest at more than 600 acres with over 10 miles of trails for hiking and biking. The South entrance off New Hope Church Road provides access to multi-use trails, while the North side is hiking only, so this side is better if seeking solitude. Great place to explore, with a number of old ruins, cemeteries, and farm ponds. It's quite popular so try to arrive early on a nice weekend to ensure available parking.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018

We live just down the road from the new Brumley Forest Nature Preserve. It's 600+ acres of walking, running, and biking trails. The trail maps at the entrance/parking lot indicate the distance of each trail and whether the trail is designated for walking/running and/or biking. Some trails are strictly bike trails, some are strictly walking/running, and some are mixed. You can also bring your dog.

This is an excellent location with well maintained trails. If you like hiking and/or mountain biking, this is a great place for you to visit.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Fabulous new nature preserve with loads of trails for walking and biking, with a beautiful lake complete with nearby beaver dam! The newly established trails are beautiful and safe, and nicely marked.

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Reviewed 21 June 2017

Most of the trails near the parking lot are shady and really lovely. Be sure to get to the pond and take a photo of the map - the power line is a good way to figure out where you are.

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Reviewed 15 June 2017

The park was opened in 2017 by the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) who acquired the land from the Brumleys. Much of the land had been preliminarily developed for a country community back in the 70s, but the development never happened. That left miles of well graded, gently sloped un-paved roads throughout the property, along with bridges over creeks, a gorgeous 1 acre pond and picnic shelter, etc... The land had been farm land generations ago, and held by Orange County's largest (only?) slave owning plantation in the 1800s - the Strayhorn plantation. So, old wagon and plantation roads cut through this area, too.

The main perimeter trails are well built and designed for mountain biking. Great for hiking and running, too, but keep an ear out for cyclists and move over for them. Many other trails are foot traffic only. An excellent 5 mile run can be had by following the Springhouse and Buckeye trails (and taking a couple of shortcuts). Google "Brumley Forest" and surf to the triangleland site for the official map (tripadvisor foolishly won't allow a link here).

In addition to the trails, there some interesting bits of Orange County history. The ruins of the notorious Craig Manor are here and fully accessible (there is a wonderful historical write-up availalbe, but you'll have to find it yourself since TA won't allow a link to it). Also, the original North Carolina highway, the road from Fayetteville to Hillsborough, runs through one corner of the preserve. The road was built in the 1700s and used for nearly 100 years. Its approach to the long lost bridge over Stoney Creek is on the preserve; wood girders from the last bridge are visible in the water.

There is *lots* to explore here! You're going to need several trips to take it all in. But, if you do nothing else, at least plan a picnic at the pond on a late afternoon as the sun begins to set. Simply gorgeous.

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