New Hope Creek Bottomlands Trail (Durham NC)
Access: The New Hope Creek Bottomlands Trail is a 2.2 mile loop located off of SW Durham Drive in south Durham. The access point at Sherwood Githens Middle School is currently closed, so the best way to access the trail is to park by the dumpster in parking lot of the North Carolina Orthopaedic Center (3609 SW Durham Drive), walk down the sewer line easement, make a left at the first easement on the left, and reach the trail head on the right.
|Trail head of the New Hope Creek Bottomlands trail. Additional information about the site can be found at the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee website.|
|Map of bottomlands trail route.|
What to expect: The New Hope Creek Bottomlands Trail loop winds through mixed hardwood forest. Expect to see stands of pawpaw, towering oaks, and other bottomland tree species. A part of the trail also runs adjacent to New Hope Creek. Please note that after heavy rains the trail does flood. The most recent rains have dislodged some of the new boardwalks. Be prepared for mosquitoes and muddy, wet trails. Additional information about the site can be found at the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee website.
|Sewer line easement near dumpster of North Carolina Orthopaedic Center (3609 SW Durham Dr). Use this entrance until the Sherwood Githens Middle School access point become available.|
|Enormous northern red oak (Quercus rubra).|
|A fallen tree provides wetland habitat in the bottomlands of New Hope Creek.|
|A southern leopord frog (Rana sphenocephalus).|
|New Hope Creek turbid from high sediment run-off.|