Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Briar Chapel Trails

You really can't miss Briar Chapel. I know, I know...if you are anything like me whenever people say that I inevitably miss it. But Briar Chapel is a new mega-development off of 15/501 in North Chatham County, just past Cole Park Plaza. And the entrance has gazebos, stone walls, beautiful landscaping, and extremely large art pieces of silver ferns and leaves. Really, you will see it.

Briar Chapel is still under construction as a community goes, but it already has a lot for families. There is the pool (to come in another post, on another day) and the clubhouse. But for free, for nonresidents, are the walking trails.

These trails ramble though some pretty woods and near some beautiful water features. There is a gorgeous bridge that we enjoyed. Also, Briar Chapel has added art stops along the path. The brochure (link below) will tell you what you will see along the way.

The trails are not hard to follow. And you can do close to 3 miles here. Unfortunately, even with two maps linked below for you, none of the maps have street names on them. You don't really need them, though. Park on Catullo Run (on the left off of Briar Chapel Parkway as you enter the community) and then start to follow the path.

There are separate mountain biking trails through here (see maps below) but they do not share paths with hikers, unlike the Bolin Creek Trails. Which is nice if you are going to have a child with you.

The hiking trails are pretty easy walking and hardened mulch for the most part. Carriers would work best, and you would most likely be able to push a jogging stroller through here. C enjoyed doing his own independent wandering.

Unfortunately, since this community is still under construction parts of the path had a lot of trash and debris. Not all around, but just in specific areas. It didn't impede our enjoyment of these trails, though, and I am sure it will be cleaned up soon since overall the trails are obviously well-maintained.

After hiking we stopped by Fearrington Village for some yummy treats at The Belted Goat.

Happy trails to you!

Briar Chapel Community Walking Trails
www.briarchapelnc.com

Briar Chapel Trail & Art Walk Map and Brochure (PDF)

Triangle Off-Road Cyclists Map (PDF)
Chapel Hill

2 Comments:

At March 15, 2011 at 11:06 PM , Blogger HeatherV said...

ooh... another great find! BTW, we hit the open barn weekend at Celebrity Dairy over the weekend. Much fun.

Just want to throw out some things we have done for "date night" our weekly date with our 4 1/2 year old son. Not sure if you have hit any of these:

Krispy Kreme in Downtown Raleigh (perfect after $2 family night at Marbles)

State Farmers Market (restaurant is wonderful) then picking up and sampling great veggies/fruits

Bass Lake Park (in Holly Spring) boat rental, fishing. Runs monthly kids nature programs

Harris Lake State Park (also outside HSpring) GREAT 1 and 5 mile hiking loop, shady playground, bike trails, fishing, picnic areas.

Thanks for your blog and twitter feed. I LOVE checking out lots of new places.

 
At March 16, 2011 at 12:32 PM , Blogger allison c said...

Hey Heather! Thanks so much for the note and so glad that you have been enjoying date nights with your son. I love that, very special.

We have done the Krispy Kreme in Raleigh (http://mominchapelhill.blogspot.com/2010/07/krispy-kreme.html) and the NC State Farmers Market (http://mominchapelhill.blogspot.com/2010/08/nc-state-farmers-market.html) and you are right, they are both great.

Will have to look into the parks, though. They both sound fantastic and gives me a reason to explore HSprings some more! One of our mommy's group just recently moved that way and loves it.

Keep sending suggestions; we love them!

 

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