A network of trails is planned along the New Hope Creek. Below is news on the development of those trails and others in the region that might connect with them.
The Durham Open Space and Trails Committee (DOST) is revising its plan for 2010. Our chair Bob Healy has been working with DOST (and NHCCAC) members John Goebel and Charlie Welch to coordinate our trail ideas with theirs. We are at the stage of making our "conceptual" trails work on the ground. (Click here to see portion of DOST map showing our planning area.) John Goebel has a website to which you can post comments--email John for info on how to post them.
The New Hope Creek Bottomlands Trail is a 2.2-mile natural surface loop trail through beautiful bottomland hardwood forest between New Hope Creek and Sherwood Githens Middle School on the west side of the creek. It was built by Durham County. Click here for a trail map. The trail is now part of the City of Durham's Chapel Hill Road Park. Click here for a PDF of the final park site plan.
A 0.7-mile biking and walking trail runs along Sandy Creek from Pickett Road to the Sandy Creek Environmental Education Park at the end of Sandy Creek Road (parallel to 15/501). The trail and surrounding wetlands are teeming with wildlife. Geese, ducks, herons, hawks, bluebirds, owls, woodpeckers, deer, beavers, turtles, and water snakes have all been spotted along this short trail. To see where the trail is located, look for the solid purple line on the Sandy Creek map.
Component 10 of the New Hope Creek master plan includes the Korstian division of Duke Forest. The office of the Duke Forest sells detailed trail maps of its Korstian and other divisions. Click here for details.
Also bordering New Hope Creek in Component 10 is the Triangle Land Conservancy's Johnston Mill Nature Preserve, with miles of walking trails.