5 Trail Friendly Neighborhoods in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro Area

Are you a hiker, runner, or just like being in nature? Are you searching for a neighborhood that you can have easy access to trails? If you’re looking for a neighborhood that offers access trails for hiking, running, biking, walking your dog, or just relaxing in the woods, look no further. Here are 5 great neighborhoods in the Chapel Hill- Carrboro area that provide miles of easy access trails.

Briar Chapel

Briar Chapel is located in the southern region of Chapel Hill in Chatham County. This neighborhood has 24+ miles of trails ranging from paved greenways to spectacular wooded singletrack. A well thought out and planned community, Briar Chapel has over 900 acres of open space with multiple recreation opportunities and excellent access to both Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. If you are looking for a new home with room to roam, Briar Chapel would make a great option.
Link to trail map: Briar Chapel Trail Map

Southern Village

A great example of “New Urbanism,” Southern Village has a little of everything. A planned multi-use community, Southern Village incorporates everything you need ranging from park space to trails to schools to a local grocery store and even a burger joint and theater. This convenient set up allows Southern Village residents to maximize their recreation time, enjoying the miles of trails easily accessible to them, such as the Morgan Creek trail and the famous Merritt’s Pasture. Located just a few miles from downtown Chapel Hill, Southern Village truly has a little bit of everything for you.
Link to trails near and around Southern Village: Fan Branch Trail MapMorgan Creek Trail Map

One of our beautfiul, local wooded trails. Enjoy!

Lake Hogan Farms

Lake Hogan is a wonderful established community that boasts a 3 acre lake and a greenway with connecting trails for you to expand your adventures as you wish. Perfectly sandwiched between the rural and urban realms of the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area, Lake Hogan offers a neighborhood with access to both highly rated schools as well as highly rewarding recreational opportunities which include a swimming pool, tennis club, and more.
Link to trails in Lake Hogan Farms: Lake Hogan Farms Trails


Fortunately, you do not have to live on the outskirts to enjoy trail time in the Chapel Hill/ Carrboro area. Located in the middle of Chapel Hill, Ironwoods offers access to over 750 acres of UNC owned forest including an incredible 20 miles of trails, all just minutes from your home. While the location offers great access to downtown, shopping and highways to get you further, it also comes with the potential to escape it all with just a few steps from your door.
Link to Carolina North Forest: Carolina North Forest

Peggy, "enjoying" a leisurely 31 mile trail run in Western NC. All her training was done right here on our local trails.

Bolin Forest

Located within a short distance to downtown Carrboro, Bolin Forest is another beautiful quaint and quiet neighborhood with access to the trails of Carolina North, UNC’s local, in-town forest. Highly rated schools, convenient access to shopping and business districts, and miles of top grade trails make Bolin Forest a superb choice for your next dwelling. Whether you choose to hike, bike or run, Bolin Forest is a great launching point for your future adventures.
Link to trails near Bolin Forest: Carolina North Forest Trail Map


Chapel Hill/Carrboro has many options to get outdoors. These are just a few of the many neighborhoods that have easy access to trails. There are many parks and large tracts of land with trails to bike and/or hike. Here are some helpful links to trail systems in this area: Triangle Land ConservancyTrails & Greenways/Chapel HillHiking & Biking Trails/Chapel Hill

Happy Trails!

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