Johnston Mill Loop
ElevationAscent: 121' 37 m
Descent: -120' -37 m
High: 471' 143 m
Low: 408' 124 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (5°)
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“This pleasant loop is a scenic alternative for those wishing to avoid more crowded parks.”— Mikhaila Redovian
Family Friendly The trails in this park are mellow and scenic, and the opportunity to see portions of homes from the 1700's will delight youngsters.
This short spur will start with a bit of a climb, but soon you'll be covering ground on a gentle trail. The sounds of the creek will fade, but the views of open meadows will make up for it. As you continue, you'll come to the end of the Bluebird Trail, and you'll continue straight on the Old Field Bluff Trail.
From this point, hikers will be moving through varied ecosystems, enjoying ridgeline travel along the bluffs, all while looking down upon scenic ravines, creek, and meadows. Keep an eye out for wildflowers, especially if you visit in the spring! Triangle Land Conservancy benches line this path, providing ample stopping places if you'd like to take a moment to enjoy your surroundings.
As you continue on, you'll find yourself making your way east on the second half of the Old Field Bluff Trail. Soon, you'll come to an intersection with the Beech Loop. Take the southeastern branch by turning right. Hikers who are interested in the history of the park will enjoy this portion of the outing, as the recent farming use of this area is clearly visible. The forest in this section is in recovery, and this portion offers a rare chance to watch as the natural environment again takes over the area.
Once you've enjoyed working your way around the Beech Loop, you'll come to the final intersection with the Robin's Trail. Take a left on the Robin's Trail to return to the parking area and your vehicle or turn right to extend your journey. Either way, you'll again be treated to the sound of New Hope Creek as it babbles along, right next to the trail.
Once you're ready to head back to civilization, simply follow the trail back to the trailhead.
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Land Manager: TLC - Johnston Mill Nature Preserve