Crow Branch Overlook Loop Trail
ElevationAscent: 276' 84 m
Descent: -275' -84 m
High: 536' 163 m
Low: 478' 146 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)
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“Great forested singletrack trail that's very easily accessible to Chapel Hill and Carrboro.”— Chris Lynch
From the parking lot, go through the gate on the Pumpkin Loop Trail about 1/4 mile to reach the beginning of the Crow Branch Overlook Loop Trail. Turn Northeast to enter the singletrack and climb the hill to start the trail and then turn right, assuming you'll take the trail in a counterclockwise direction.
It is rolling terrain for a little under 1 mile to the pond/lake. The trail gradually climbs a bit through rolling terrain for the next mile, with interesting rock outcrops to negotiate. Another 3/4 miles after the pond/lake, the trail goes straight across a wide utility easement (the PSNC Corridor).
About 1/2-way through the loop, about 2 miles in, if you continue straight you'll be dumped onto the very wide Pumpkin Loop Trail. Instead, turn sharply left at this point to stay on the Crow Branch Overlook Loop Trail.
Another 1/2-mile from this point, the trail again crosses the utility easement, but instead of going straight across you have to turn left on the easement for about 25 feet before turning right to regain the main Crow Branch Overlook Loop Trail.
Toward the end of the trail, it crosses another large hill where it is possible to exit right onto the (boring) Pumpkin Loop Trail. Don't! Instead continue up and left across the hill to get in the last 1/4 mile of the Crow Branch Overlook Loop Trail. The trail ends when it regains the original hill you used to start the trail, and you exit right at that point to rejoin the Pumpkin Loop Trail.
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