Turkey Creek/Cedar Ridge Loop
ElevationAscent: 295' 90 m
Descent: -294' -90 m
High: 392' 119 m
Low: 235' 72 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“A good rolling loop trail through established NC forest with water features.”— Chris Lynch
Travel down the spur trail from the parking lot to main part of South Turkey Creek Multiuse Trail and turn left. The first ~1.75 miles are a gentle and consistent climb on a fine gravel road surface, about doubletrack wide, to meet the Reedy Creek Multiuse Trail near the Reedy Creek Road/Trenton Road intersection and park entrance. Turn right here onto the Reedy Creek Multiuse Trail.
This part of the trail is a very wide dirt/fine gravel road, consisting of a gradual descent of about 1 mile to Reedy Creek Lake and a bridge over Crabtree Creek. The trail then climbs a moderate and mostly sustained grade for another approx. 3/4 of a mile to the intersection with the Cedar Ridge Multiuse Trail, where you turn right again.
The Cedar Ridge Multiuse Trail returns to a fine gravel road surface that is about doubletrack wide and descends gradually about 1.5 miles to Sycamore Creek. During low water flow, the creek can be crossed with good balance and dry feet on stepping stones; it is normally about 15 feet wide. At higher water flow, I prefer to bush-whack south to cross on one of the downed trees that span the creek (as shown on the GPS track for this hike). In fall 2015, the second downed tree is much wider and easier to cross on than the first tree you'll encounter during your bush-whack.
After crossing the creek, it is only another 1/4 to 1/2 mile to return to the parking area. During this loop hike, you'll cross fairly well-marked intersections with the singletrack Loblolly Trail and Company Mill Trail, which you should not take unless you want to explore!
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