Hiking Loblolly Trail and Schenck Forest in Raleigh NC

I joined a local hiking Meetupgroup.  I went on my first hike yesterday.  We started at Schenck Forest and from there ended up on the Loblolly Trail.  
Below is a description of the Loblolly Trail from NC Parks.gov
There are links to each trail below.

Location: Back righthand corner of the Reedy Creek Entrance parking lot.
Description: This out and back trail crosses Reedy Creek and continues to the park boundary. For those looking to venture farther, the trail connects to Schenck Forest. Options for loops are available at intersections with the park’s multi-use trail at Reedy Creek Trail and South Turkey Creek Trail.
Point of Interest: 
2.70 miles
Blue Squares


Blue squares on trees mark the way along Loblolly Trail.
Hiking Trail
Surface: Natural surface
As I was reading the rules on the sign I saw a word I was not familiar with.  Geocaching???
Lets Google it.  Here is what Wikipedia had to say...

"Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world."

I did not have a bike a horse a dog or a gun and I had no plan to geocaching so I was good to go:-)
Below are some photos of my adventure.  Sorry to say I don't know which trail was which but it was a wonderful hike and we were somewhere:-)
The hike begins...
A few of my hiking buddies...
 This reminds me of the woods I used to explore as a child.
 We jogged up this hill on the way back.  It was a bit steeper then it looks in the photo...

Interesting sights along the way.  

All in all a lovely hike.  And yes, I am sore and tired but can't wait until my next hike.


  1. This looks like a great trail and so close to home too! Will have to try it out.

    1. Hey Anna Marie,
      Yes I am sore! It was a lovely day for a hike. There seem to be many forks in this trail so please take a map. I hope to try out many new trails with my new hiking buddies. Thanks for stopping by:-)

  2. Wow, that hill looked steep enough to me - I bet you ARE sore. But the scenery looks like it was worth it. Great pics!

    1. Thanks, I was just sitting here thinking how sore I am:-) It was worth it though. I am going on another hike this weekend. Stay tuned for the post.

    2. I second that opinion. That hill was nasty steep. I was dying when I got to the top.

  3. What a great hiking spot! I need to look into local hiking meetups in my area.

    1. Hi Natalie,
      Yes you should check out meetup groups. There are so many areas of interest. I like the photo clubs, dinning out, hiking and the list goes on. Let me know if you find a group.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Looks like a great hike! There are a few great meet-up groups in the area, and I'm glad you connected with one! I'm trying to think...I don't think I've ever actually been to Schenck forest (probably because dogs are prohibited), but I'll have to check it out soon!

    1. Hi Liz,
      It was a fun hike. Today I am headed to Jordan Lake with a group. We are going 5.5 miles and of course I am taking my camera:-)

  5. What a pretty trail! I use to live near Raleigh, but never heard of this place...It seems like I'm finding so many cool places only after moving away!

  6. Hey Joscelyn
    I have lived in this area since 1991 and I am just beginning to explore. Where ever you are now I hope it is beautiful and has lots of cool places.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog:-)


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