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Pott's Branch Trail

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 3.4 (5)

A short loop trail that intersects Sycamore Trail in William B. Umstead State Park.


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Map Key

1.3

Miles

2.0

KM

Loop

410' 125 m

High

326' 99 m

Low

94' 29 m

Up

84' 26 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek

Description

Pott's Branch starts from second-to-last parking lot on Umstead Parkway. From here, the trail follows a paved pathway past the restrooms to the picnic area at the trailhead for Sycamore Trail. Continue straight to the end of the picnic area and look for the trail to turn left, away from the lake and boathouse. Pay attention to the blazes to avoid missing the turn.

From here, the trail descends towards Sycamore Creek below the spillway from Big Lake. At the confluence of Pott's Branch and Sycamore Creek, the trail curves left and begins to follow its namesake creek upstream. n about three-quarters of a mile from the start, the trail intersects Sycamore Trail just before that trail crosses Pott's Branch on a footbridge. As you continue upstream, Sycamore Trail is across Pott's Branch.

The trail then turns left again and follows an unnamed tributary upstream a short ways passing the remains of an old dam. Past the dam, the trail heads through the picnic area back to the trailhead. The trailhead for Oak Rock Trail is here as well.

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Shared By:

Justin Paul

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  3.4 from 5 votes

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Photos

Oak Rock Trail starting point.
Apr 18, 2016 near Cary, NC
The dam along Pott's Branch Trail. with permission from Justin P
Mar 21, 2016 near Cary, NC
Pott's Branch in William B. Umstead State Park.
Mar 21, 2016 near Cary, NC

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Oct 6, 2019
Nikola Kisko
Aug 17, 2019
Paul Finch
Beautiful trail. Smooth elevation changes 1.3mi
Apr 26, 2019
N C
First hike with Adam — 12h 00m
Nov 21, 2018
Jared Brickman
Sep 1, 2018
Tabitha W
1.3mi
Jun 24, 2018
Bettina Bks
With Allison and Charley
May 8, 2018
Ariella Anderson
1.3mi
Jun 11, 2017
Evan Johnson
Great quick hike with the dogs. There were a lot of cool natural features and man made bridges. There were several spots just off the trail for the...