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MLK PARK 1120 Hillsborough Rd., Carrboro

Features 10.2 acres, a community garden and a multi-purpose field. BOLIN CREEK TRAIL 120 South Estes Dr., Chapel Hill (Community Center Park parking lot; Parking also available along Bolinwood Drive) 11

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A 1.5-mile-long, 10-foot-wide paved greenway that connects the Community Center Park and the Battle Branch Trail. Ideal for biking, walking, running or Rollerblading. BATTLE PARK Located at the corner of Country Club Road and South Boundary Street, metered parking is available nearby 12

A trail system throughout a 93-acre forest. Trails are on mostly uneven and rocky ground, which makes for good hiking as opposed to running. Koch Memorial Forest Theatre, a stone amphitheater that’s more than a century old, is located nearby at one of the corners of the park. ncbg.unc.edu/visit/battle-park-forest-theatre

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Known for similar scenery as the Eno River State Park and Duke Forest, but these 3.5-miles of trails are less trafficked. triangleland.org/explore/nature-preserves/ johnston-mill-nature-preserve

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MORGAN CREEK TRAIL (35.8934805, -79.0597501)

Out-and-back, 2.3-mile, moderately trafficked trail that connects to the town-owned Merritt’s Pasture. NORTH CAROLINA BOTANICAL GARDEN 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill 15

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Various walking trails throughout the 88-acre forest behind the botanical garden; no bikes allowed. The trails are natural surfaces and follow along creeks and wind over hills. ncbg.unc.edu/visit/ncbg/piedmont-nature-trails 16

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JOHNSTON MILL NATURE PRESERVE 2713 Mount Sinai Rd., Chapel Hill

DUKE FOREST Orange, Durham and Alamance counties

More than 7,000 acres of land across six divisions and one protected natural area. Public access is available via gated entrances in all six divisions. Gravel roads and dirt foot trails can be used for recreation including hiking, running, fishing and picnics, as well as horseback riding and mountain biking, as long as such use does not interfere with the research and teaching projects of Duke University. dukeforest.duke.edu/recreation

MASON FARM BIOLOGICAL RESERVE (35.892098,-79.015797)

A 2-mile, wide, gravel trail loop that circles a 367-acre wildlife preserve and natural area on mostly flat terrain. The parking lot is across a low-overflow bridge, which can only be crossed by vehicles when the gage reads fewer than 5 feet. ncbg.unc.edu/ visit/mason-farm-biological-reserve 17

CAROLINA NORTH FOREST (35.9383040, -79.0731244)

Seven-hundred-and-fifty acres of woodlands located on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus between the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Offers hiking, mountain biking and running trails from easy to moderate.  99

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