Walk at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve

This was one of the more interesting suggestions from Joe's talk at GOPC. It is easily accessible from I-40 off Hwy86 and gives us an excuse to eat at Allen & Sons BBQ afterward. Joe's handout gives the length as 3 miles.

Automatically cancelled if raining 1/2 hour beforehand.

Joe's write up:
"Johnston Mill Nature Preserve: What's good to know about Triangle Land Conservancy properties is that they were preserved for a reason - their natural uniqueness and esthetic importance. In the case of Johnston Mill that includes both the region's human history - the Europeans settled in the early 1700s, the hunter-gatherers were here thousands of years before that - and it's natural splendor. Hike through a mature bottomland hardwood forest, a meadow, and atop a bluff with ancient, stately Beech trees. The trail does climb in a couple spots, but it's tread is smooth and largely devoid of rocks and tree roots."

Directions:

Directions and more info: http://www.triangleland.org/what-we-do/nature-preserves/johnston-mill-nature-preserve/

This is very easy to drive to the trailhead. From Raleigh, take I-40 West toward Chapel Hill. Go past 15-501 and take Exit 266. Go North 1.8 miles and turn right on Mt. Sinai Road. Take Mt. Sinai 1.1 miles. The parking area is on the right just before the New Hope Creek bridge.

Physical address: 2713 Mt. Sinai Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Link to Google map: http://goo.gl/maps/SKubn

Our fabulous friends in the western RTP areas should meet us there about 11am. Raleigh folks can car pool from Roger's house off Ridge Road in west Raleigh (address will be sent to those who want to share rides). Meet by 11:15 am for car pooling.

Lunch afterwards at the legendary Allen and Sons Barbeque Shack for those interested which is just down the road from the preserve. This is optional of course unless you ride with Roger.
http://www.yelp.com/biz/allen-and-son-bar-b-que-chapel-hill

Restroom Information:

I do not believe there will be restrooms at the location as it is a bit more rustic than the city parks we have been walking at. There is at least one gas station at the Hwy 86 exit off of I-40. We will have the facilities of the restaurant afterwards. Please plan accordingly.

Additional Interesting Information from Joe Miller for just in case:

Dress for the weekend mess

Gear up for walkin'in the rain

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  • Jane S.

    It was a beautiful day to hike and I enjoyed meeting everyone. Thanks Austin.
    For those who are interested this is the link to the photographer friend's (Qing Yang) travel blog: http://solotraveltoalaska.wordp...­

    February 10

  • Roger Austin

    It turned out to be a great day out. Clear skies, pretty vistas and water made for a nice walk. The trail is a bit strenuous in a few places, but it wasn't too tough. Allen and Sons was very tasty.

    1 · February 8

  • Kathy M

    Lovely trails, varied terrain and so quiet. Excellent barbeque also. Thanks, Roger!

    1 · February 8

  • John Ladd

    Change of plans, so won't be able to make it on Saturday. Have fun, it's a great series of trails.

    February 7

  • ShelleyRJ

    Just an FYI everyone. If it has rained that morning, be sure to bring some good hiking boots. The trail in Johnston Mill, when wet, can be very slippery and muddy! If we try and it and it is too yucky, we could always drive down the road a mile and hike in Duke Forest...a gravel path there does not get mucky.

    1 · February 7

  • Catherine D

    Automatically cancelled if raining 1/2 hour beforehand.

    February 7

  • Nancy J

    If it is raining hard - I will not be able to make it. Haven't bought rain gear yet...

    1 · February 7

  • Judy Ann Radford

    Sorry to cancel, but work is exhausting this week.

    February 6

    • Roger Austin

      Judy, we will miss you at the walk. I hope you recharge for more fun soon.

      February 7

  • Sandy Silverstein

    Sorry to cancel more family visiting

    February 7

  • Judy Ann Radford

    There is always 411 for Italian food...just saying that this place has some great food! As much as I enjoy BBQ, I'll probably head over there. 411West.com

    January 16

    • Catherine D

      GREAT idea for another Meetup! Please use Suggested tab at the top of the screen to suggest it!

      February 4

  • Jane S.

    There are other lunch options post hike. Nearby Timberline shopping center has among other choices a great vegetarian restaurant, Sage. Also downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro is an easy drive south on MLK Blvd to 411 West mentioned below and lots of other restaurants.

    February 4

    • Catherine D

      GREAT ideas! Please use Suggested tab at the top of the screen to suggest another Meetup!

      February 4

  • Jane S.

    I live near this wonderful Nature Preserve and have hiked there many times. The last time on Joe's fall hike we accessed a section in a way new to me...fun!

    December 13

    • Catherine D

      Do plan another hike on another day for us!

      February 4

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love this hike. Unfortunately I have to work on Saturday.

    February 3

  • ShelleyRJ

    A mile from my house! I'll be there! Judy, I don't eat 'que so I'm up for an alternative!

    1 · February 3

  • Rae Lynne Gard

    Participating in Moral March...anyone desiring details please let me know.

    December 27

  • Laura

    Unfortunately I have out if town guests visiting so I won't be able to make this one.

    December 27

  • John Ladd

    I live nearby and this is one of my favorite trails in the area. It has a number of interesting sights from the huge exposed root system of a fallen tree on a creek bank to some lovely vistas from the top of a hill. There are also some poignant reminders of the fragility of life for the more philosophical among us.
    And I love the mission of the Triangle Land Conservancy.

    1 · December 13

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