The Buffalo Creek Preserve Trail is a natural surface trail that takes visitors through restored oak-savanna, farmland and along Adams Creek.
Location: Mt. Pleasant, NC (map)
Distance: 2 miles (not a loop)
This trail is a nice break from greenways when you just want to go for a walk. The trail is about 75% single track and 25% old road beds. The single track does have rocks so you need to watch where you step but the elevation gain so the trails are relatively flat. When walking, you will spend about 60% of your time in the sun and 40% under tree cover. Just keep that in mind when selecting the time of year and time of the day when you are hiking.
The parking lot is small and can only hold about 8-10 vehicles. The good news is that I have never seen more than 4 cars in the lot. When driving there you will notice that you are driving thru neighborhoods. Yup. This trail is right in the middle of neighborhoods and farms which makes it that more interesting.
When you start off, you will walk about 9/10 mi on singletrack. It then switches to an old road bed for then next 2/10 mi then cuts back into the woods on single track again. At 1.6 mi, you will come to a bridge that crosses Adams Creek. FYI, this is a swinging bridge. It moves (a lot) when you walk on it. From there, back on old road beds to the end of the trail.
While you walk, you will go by farm fields of corn, etc. This trail is VERY well marked so making a wrong turn is highly unlikely. Also take note that bikes can also use this trail. When hiking, I crossed paths a few times but most bikers are riding pretty slow.
If you decide to hike after it rains, some of the single track is clay and can be soft in some low lying areas. Just be aware and not take out your new white sneakers for a test hike.
I have hiked this trail many times. There is usually not many people using it. I have run into snakes (black and green), deer, birds, and been stung once by who knows what. It may be close to the city but there is still plenty of rural to be had on this trail.
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