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 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.
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
Contributions: $5 once a year, covers meetup fees...on your honor.