The Best Hiking and Biking Trails in Chapel Hill

Biking and hiking are two favorite activities for outdoor fun, adventure, and exercise. Wooded trails, fresh air, and the sounds of nature are all right at your fingertips in the Chapel Hill area. There are many trail options for experts or beginners, so don't let the difficulty level keep you away. When you come out, you may make some new friends or see some old ones. If you're not sure where to start though, the following three trails are some of the best options for hiking and biking in Chapel Hill.


The Bolin Creek Trail provides some of the best scenery in Chapel Hill. You'll pass by both wooded areas and meadows. There is plenty of room on the paved trail that is ten feet wide. This trail is about a mile and a half long and adjoins the Chapel Hill Community Center Park. This trail is great for biking, but walkers that aren't quite looking for a hiking experience will also love the trail.


On Mt. Sinai Road a short distance from Chapel Hill's downtown area is the Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. This area is a hikers paradise with 296 acres of preserved land available for your next outdoor adventure! There are three miles worth of hiking trails that offer beautiful scenery with wooded peace and quiet. Take the Beech Loop Trail on the preserve if you'd like to see some beautiful old forests with various trees including black walnut, red cedar, sweetgum, tulip poplar, and 150-year-old beech trees! On the preserve, you'll see historic remains from different area landmarks.


University of North Carolina students have a remarkable area right in their backyard for hiking. Carolina North Forest consists of 750 acres of beautiful wooded area located between Chapel Hill and Carrboro. It provides a beautiful getaway from the grind of daily life for anyone (especially stressed-out college students!) There's plenty of hiking and outdoor adventure to be had in this beautiful paradise.

These are just three of the many areas available for biking and hiking in the Chapel Hill area. There's plenty of outdoor activity and adventure for those looking for such a lifestyle. If you're looking for apartments near UNC Chapel Hill, contact us to help you get started on the right path!