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Alert: This trail is closed until November 2017 due to the Bryan Park Soccer Complex expansion. A new route will be created once construction is complete.

Townsend Trail (3.8 miles)

Surface: Natural 

  • Traffic: Hiking Only 

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.

Please Note:

Bicycles are prohibited on the Townsend Trail. The Watershed Trails are open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

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.

  • View a detailed map and click on "P" parking symbols for links to turn-by-turn Google directions.

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