|Alert: This trail is open, but it has been permanently rerouted to accommodate Bryan Park Soccer Complex expansion. Parking is now available across South Shore Road. View this map of changes.
Townsend Trail (3.8 miles)
The Townsend Trail is a moderate hike, tracing the southern edge of Lake Townsend where you can see native flora and fauna. Dress accordingly and pack a snack for this hike. It’s one of the longest hiking only trails in the Watershed Trails System. The trail is the easternmost segment of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail that falls within the Watershed Trail System. The Townsend Trail is sponsored by the local chapter of the Sierra Club
How do I get there?
You can start a hike on the Townsend Trail at the Yanceyville Road trailhead in the west, or at the South Shore Road entrance to the east. Parking is available at the South Shore Road trailhead, just beyond the Bryan Park Soccer Complex. You can also park along the roadside at the Yanceyville Road trailhead. Please use caution.
Bicycles are prohibited on the Townsend Trail. The Watershed Trails are open year-round from sunrise to sunset.