The Piedmont Nature Trails provide over three miles of hiking through 88 acres of typical North Carolina forest. After hours parking is available in the Garden’s overflow lot and along Laurel Hill Road. Leashed pets are welcome on the trails.

Streamside Trail

The Streamside Trail (1/2 mile loop) crosses Meeting-of- the-Waters Creek twice as it meanders through the riparian section of the site. A self-guided brochure explaining botanical and ecological features of the trail is available at the information kiosk at the trail entrance.

Oak Hickory Trail

The Oak-Hickory Trail (3/4 mile loop) traverses hillier portions of the site where you will encounter a diversity of hardwood and evergreen trees, shrubs, and woodland wildflowers. Follow the lettered posts to help you navigate the trail.

Elephant Rock Trail

The Elephant Rock Trail (1 mile) is a one-way extension of the Oak Hickory Trail. Hikers can return to the garden the way they came or follow the trail along Morgan Creek and exit at the trail’s intersection with Ashe Place.

Bike-Pedestrian Path

A Bike-Pedestrian Path extends from Old Mason Farm Road to Laurel Hill Road to provide easy access to the trail system.

Trail Etiquette

  • No bikes allowed except on bike-pedestrian path
  • Leashed pets are welcome
  • Please pick up after your pets
  • Stay on the trails
  • Removal of plants or other natural materials is prohibited

Use of trails is at your own risk. Common hazards include uneven footing, stinging insects, poison ivy, and the occasional snake.  In case of emergency, please call 911.

Piedmont Nature Trail Guide
Prepare for your visit. Download the Piedmont Nature Trail Guide.
Support the Piedmont Nature Trails
Help us preserve and maintain the trail by making a donation to the Piedmont Nature Trail fund.
Support the Conservation Fund
Help us manage our Natural Areas by making a donation to the Conservation fund.