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Korstian Foot Trail Loop

Intermediate
 3.9 (9) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This loop combines several of Korstian's foot trails.


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6.9

Miles

11.2

KM

Loop

465' 142 m

High

267' 82 m

Low

482' 147 m

Up

480' 146 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

19%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Closed September 26 through December 16, Monday - Friday for deer herd reduction .

Overview

A nice route that tours the hills and the river bottoms of New Hope Creek.

Description

Start on the Concrete Bridge Road for a short while until you see a sign for Gate 25 to 26 connector. Continue on until you see the Rhodo Bluff Trail sign. Take this until you get to the next intersection and follow the sign for the High and Dry Trail. You'll next come on an the NHC (New Hope Creek) South and the Laurel Hill Trail. Take the NHC South Trail to the right.

After 1.6 miles, you'll see a large hill with some rocky faces to your left. Cross the creek where you can (it's hard with higher water) and go right on the trail New Hope Creek North trail.

At about 1.7 miles you'll make a small creek crossing. If you are finding it hard to cross, continue upstream further and there's usually a good spot to cross.

Continue along the creek until your at about 2.5 miles and you'll see Mrs. Brown's Connector to the left. Make a quick ascent and soon you turn left on Mrs. Brown's Trail.

At around 3 miles you reconnect with New Hope Creek North

At about 3.5 miles look right for a trail that heads uphill and back. This leads to the summit of Piney Mountain. Hit the summit and stay left heading back down hill eventually reconnecting with the New Hope Creek North Trail.

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Follow along the trail passing the Concrete Bridge Road bridge where you'll take a right. Head uphill on Concrete Bridge Road until you see Big Bend Trail to your left. Big Bend Trail eventually turns from a fire road to a footpath as it descends, meeting up with New Hope Creek North. Go left here and finally reconnect Concrete Bridge Road where you turn right and climb uphill to where you began.

Contacts

Land Manager: Duke Forest

Shared By:

Russell Hobart

Trail Ratings

  3.9 from 9 votes

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Photos

New Hope Creek gurgles with abundant flowing water during the wintertime.
Jan 3, 2017 near Chapel…, NC
A rare snowy day makes for a nice treat on New Hope Creek.
Jan 7, 2017 near Durham, NC
The summit of Piney Mountain comes alive in the afternoon sun.
Jan 7, 2017 near Durham, NC
The descent down Piney Mountain Trail offers picturesque woodland views.
Jan 7, 2017 near Durham, NC
An old stone wall marks a bygone property line from when this area was once agricultural land.
Jan 3, 2017 near Chapel…, NC
This beech tree has spread an abundance of roots above ground. Keep an eye out for this beautiful specimen along New Hope Creek.
Jan 3, 2017 near Chapel…, NC

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Sep 20, 2020
Vikas Yadav
Sep 19, 2020
Luis Urbina
Jul 19, 2020
Brendan Cohan
Aug 5, 2018
Edward Yang
Feb 6, 2018
Ezra Farber
creek level high after rain, only safe crossing was at concrete bridge (which was itself covered with water; we took off our shoes and waded throug… 5.1mi
Jan 27, 2018
Sarah M
Jan 19, 2018
Bhushan Jain
Oct 22, 2017
Maddy Hatter