White Pines Nature Preserve, Sanford

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Wildlife Area · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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  • The last part of arrival is on a well-maintained state dirt road leading to the preserve's gravel. We chose to go to the second parking area where most trails begin. The trails are very well...  more »
  • Though the trails are very well marked, there are absolutely no amenities, not even a single bench for us older folks, nor rest rooms, though they may have had some at the first parking lot. We went....  more »
  • This is part of the Triangle Land Conservancy. It is about 15 minutes from Sanford along the banks of a river. Access is by a gravel road that ends in a small parking area. There are several...  more »
  • Multiple trails from the parking area are well-marked and maintained. Trails will intersect at different points which allows the visitor to extend the hike or return to the lot. There is a quick trail to a canoe drop-off point and launch area. Lookout points have benches. We liked the elevation changes and various White Pines towering into the canopy. There is an Eastern Ironwood tree along one of the paths. Look for it !
  • They have added a new parking area and additional trails, now totaling about 7-8 miles. Was a bit wet in places but with record rainfall the last year was not bad and will soon dry completely. TLC has done a nice job of keeping the land as natural looking as possible while establishing a trail system for for a variety of different uses. Looking forward to seeing the rhododendrons blooming in May and being able to get on the lower trails along Rocky River... Great to have these areas being preserved for future generations. Thanks to TLC and Chatham County, as well as all other interested persons who have made this and other nature preserves possible.
  • Great place to hike. Lots of different well maintained trails. All are narrow footpaths with some elevation changes, great for even a beginning hiker but nothing suitable for a stroller or someone who uses a cane, for example. No facilities other than parking and a trail map.
  • Well marked trails, lovely scenery, and the rivers won't disappoint. For now it's a quiet place but I don't think many people know about it. A bit hard to get to, but that makes the adventure all the more enjoyable.
  • Trails are well marked and easy to follow. Some trees down blocking the trails, but most are still passable.

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