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Scuppernong Springs Nature Loop

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1.6 mile 2.5 kilometer loop
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Elevation

Ascent: 149' 45 m
Descent: -151' -46 m
High: 931' 284 m
Low: 869' 265 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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A true gem that is close to the city, easy to access, and offers lots (natural springs, ruins, wildlife & more)!

Kyle C

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy to access and hike, interact with the DNR by texting in water height, explore ruins, see bubbling springs, eat wild berries, and possibly see deer.

No bikes allowed.

Overview

A relatively short overall trail with other options to vary the length, this small gem just south of the main Scuppernong Trails features something for everyone! It is super easy to access and hike with little change in elevation and there are a lot of boardwalks.

Description

The Scuppernong Spring Trails offer easy to access ample parking as well as trails that are easy to hike and navigate. The overall trail is relatively short but use the various paths to make your hike as short or as long as you please.

From the parking area, head along the southern side of the loop. The Marl Plant Ruins are not far from the parking area and there is an option to take access trails that allow you to hike right up to them and explore. As you cross the trail to the Marl Pits, a bridge over Scuppernong River has a measurement center where you can help out by texting the height of the water.

However, this route as mapped, continues past this intersection for the Marl Ruins and Marl Pits. As you continue east then south along there trail, there are bridges that go over several crystal clear, spring-fed streams. Around 0.4 miles there is a short cut-off trail that branches off to the left. Stay right to follow the main loop. This southwest section of the trail is filled with numerous springs (especially on the easter side of the loop), all of which are easy to see and access from the trails. The springs can be seen as they bubble up from the sandy surface.

As you head north, you'll again intersect the cut-off trail, once again off to the left. Stay right and continue along the northern end of the loop. Eventually, you'll end back at the parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

There are great opportunities along this trail to view wildlife with numerous species of birds wading through the water and in the various grasses. I have seen deer on all occasions while out on the trail. Also, if time your hike right you can find tons of wild raspberries and blackberries scattered throughout the trails. (Hint: check the northwest side of the trail especially by a big knotty tree!)

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Dec 1, 2018
Ben H.
Trails were muddy but still in ok shape. 4.5mi — 2h 45m

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