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Best Fall Weather Hikes & Walks Near Campus

October 26, 2021

By: Anna Gedevani, Marketing Intern 2021-2022

As the North Carolina transitions into the fall weather, now is the perfect time to explore the outdoors and spend some time in nature. Here are some of my favorite trails close to campus.  

UNC Outdoor Education Center (OEC) Trails 

OEC Trails are about a 10-minute walk from campus and features a wide range of multi-use nature trails. The OEC also features an 18-hole disc golf course, volleyball and tennis courts, a bouldering wall, and a challenge course. The trails are open for hiking, trail running, mountain biking, and dog walking. 

Coker Arboretum 

Open dusk to dawn 365 days a year. Leashed pets are welcome. The Arboretum is right on campus at the corner of Cameron Ave and Raleigh St, and a great place to take a quick stroll under the changing fall leaves. 

North Carolina Botanical Garden – Piedmont Nature Trails 

About a 10-minute drive from campus and features a variety of trails! Conveniently located near the NC Botanical Garden, which offers outdoor restorative yoga classes as well. 

  • Streamside Trail (1/2-mile loop)  
  • Oak Hickory Trail (3/4-mile loop) 
  • Elephant Rock Trail (1-mile one-way) 
  • Bike-Pedestrian Path (1/3-mile each way) 

Morgan Creek Trail 

A paved woodland trail (0.85 miles) that connects to Merritt’s Pasture, a great open space for picnicking with friends. Merritt’s Pasture is one of my favorite spots to hang out once the weather gets cooler.  

Coker Pinetum Trails 

Great fall views as the leaves are changing through the forest. Features a 0.8-mile trail with a pass by Meeting-of-the-Waters Creek. Starts on campus by Ridge Rd and heads towards the Botanical Gardens. 

Hope you all enjoy this amazing weather with family and friends! 

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