Distance: 1 mile loop
From the parking area near the canoe launch, you may begin your hike on the elevated Riverwalk or the interpretive nature trail which identifies tree species along the trail's edge. The two intersect about 1/4 mile down the trail. Immersed in nature, you may see birds, squirrels and other wildlife. Stop by five outdoor education stations which provide information about soil, forestry, air, wildlife, and water. Cross the road to the Cabin Trail or continue to follow the loop on the historic Stagecoach Road portion of the trail. This road was the most significant means of travel in the 1700s and 1800s and ran from Winston-Salem, NC to Charleston, SC. Following the loop will bring you back to where you started.
The trail begins on County Park Road, just past the second gate, and ends across the street from the historic section of the Stagecoach Trail. A continuous loop can be made by taking the Stagecoach Trail to its intersection with County Park Road where you cross the street to access the Splash Pad Connector Trail. This trail winds through forest dominated by pines and oaks and even passes a tree once used for naval stores. Look for the V-shaped notches that were cut into the side of the tree to collect sap which was distilled to make turpentine. At the intersection of County Park Road, you may cross to get back on the portion of the trail that will lead back to where you started or continue up the road to the parking lot.
See also: Lynches River County Park Map