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Creek Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

A lovely trail that offers the best views of Swift Creek and the spring wildflowers along its banks.


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301' 92 m

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299' 91 m

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3' 1 m

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Trail is open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year. The trail can flood in heavy rains.

Description

The Creek Trail traverses the floodplain of Swift Creek through a mature hardwood forest, offering the best views of the creek and the spring wildflowers along its banks. Connect with the Stairway Loop to create a longer loop that will allow you to continue your journey around the park. This route is quite mellow, with no significant elevation gain. This relaxing trail is a perfect escape for those seeking the restful quiet of the floodplain.

Flora & Fauna

Spring ephemerals are numerous at Swift Creek, including trout lilies and spring beauties.

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Matthew Rutledge

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Swift Creek
Jan 4, 2016 near Apex, NC
Boardwalks allow you to cross the bottomland floodplains without getting your feet too wet though still expect some water on the trails throughout the year.
Jan 5, 2016 near Apex, NC
A boardwalk at Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve in July.
Jan 5, 2016 near Apex, NC
Atamasco lilies in the swampy area.
Mar 31, 2018 near Apex, NC
Hepaticas on the hill sides
Mar 31, 2018 near Apex, NC
Wild Geraniums
Mar 31, 2018 near Apex, NC

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Dec 13, 2018
Don Childrey
0.3mi
Apr 11, 2017
Jean-Claude Linossi
Nice easy trail with good views of Swift creek and lots of wildflowers 0.3mi — 0h 15m
May 1, 2016
Justin Paul