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Bolin Creek Greenway, Chapel Hill

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Bolin Creek Greenway, Chapel Hill, North Carolina NC


Bolin Creek Greenway, or Bolin Creek Trail (this is a wide, paved path, not a hiking path as trail would imply) is lovely for a long walk. It is shady most of the time and it follows a creek that is sometimes roaring with water! The walking/bike path runs from Chapel Hill Community Center Park to Umstead Park (not to be confused with Umstead State Park in Raleigh) with an extension called Tanyard Branch to the end of Cotton Street in downtown Chapel Hill, which borders UNC. There is one section where the path is broken and you have to walk over stepping stones and down some homemade wooden steps. But it's worth it in order to have a long walk! One way, this walk is one hour or 3 miles, from Cotton Street to Community Center Park, or 2.2 miles from Umstead Park to Community Center Park.
On the Community Center Park end of the path, unfortunately, there are large sewer vents (big cylinders) that make for a bit of a smelly walk. Also maybe there's a halfway house nearby because there are some odd people hanging around on this eastern end of the path- come with a friend. Some areas along the path here have beautiful overgrown tropical vegetation.
The Umstead Park end of the path is more serene and the river is quite pristine-looking. There is a pedestrian tunnel that is painted with desert-style artwork. It's cool! The next tunnel is covered in graffiti. To get to Umstead Park you drive through some incredibly lush forest- a real treat.



Bolin Creek Trail or Greenway starts at Chapel Hill Community Center Park at 120 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27514. It ends at Umstead Park at 399 Umstead Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. There are large parking lots and restrooms on both ends.

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Last Updated Mon, 04 Jun 2018 21:16:09 GMT