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This is a fun, quick lap around the Greene Tract Forest from the CNF side.


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4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

90%

Singletrack

573' 175 m

High

515' 157 m

Low

231' 70 m

Up

230' 70 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is an easy way to get in some extra miles and enjoy the Greene Tract Forest if you are coming from Carolina North Forest, or if you park at the gravel lot at 2200 Homestead Road.

The trails are fast with great flow, a few small features, and a little bit of climbing and descending. You can add more miles by exploring the inner trails if you have time.

Need to Know

This is public land so you are using it at your own risk. Be courteous about parking. The gravel lot at 2200 Homestead Road is a public lot you can use but there are other options. Check the Greene Tract Forest website for more information here: greenetractforest.org/

Description

Coming in on the Access Trail from Homestead, the trail is mostly straight and flat. You pop out at the train tracks and have to cross them to get into the official forest. Trails are labeled by letters and you'll now be on the H trail (H to G: Homestead Trail). Turn right and in a short distance, you'll come to the trailhead for A (A to B: Old Field Creek Trail).

The trail follows the power lines, then turns and follows the headwaters of Old Field Creek. It winds around to the back side of the Bird homestead. The brick chimney is still visible. In early summer, the Bird homestead is covered in purple wisteria. The trail then continues back down to the Old Field Creek before reaching the clear-cut Neville Tract.

Continue onto C to D: Bolin Creek Headwaters Trail. It follows and crosses the upper Bolin Creek headwaters. Eventually, the trail reaches the Bird homestead. The end of D is the doubletrack trail and you can keep going on E (E to F: Homestead Trail) to the right but this shorter route takes the doubletrack back to H for the exit.

History & Background

The Greene Tract Forest consists of 164 acres – 60 acres currently owned solely by Orange County and the remaining 104 acres held jointly by Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County. This land was originally purchased to be used as a landfill but that never happened.

The Forest is located in northern Chapel Hill and is a contiguous, undeveloped woodland in a large part of the area bounded by Rogers Road, Weaver Dairy Extension, Eubanks Road and Homestead Road.

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Mark Brothers

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GTF singletrack group ride going through a patch of running cedar.
Jun 22, 2021 near Carrboro, NC

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Feb 27, 2024
dave Hause
Sep 24, 2022
Steve Dags
Had fun, got lost a lot. Thank you GPS. 5mi — 1h 30m
Sep 14, 2022
D Morgado
Nov 21, 2021
Jamie East

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