Some good walks: A list, with pictures (and a pair of videos to boot!)

August 10, 2019

By Matthew E. Milliken
Aug. 10, 2019

Recently I’ve been very active on the walking front. A quick recap: 

Tuesday, July 30: I hiked 3.44 miles in 1:26:25 (25:09 per mile) at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, which is located a little southwest of Hillsborough, N.C. This was my second-ever visit to the park; I went around five years ago as a volunteer on some kind of work party. As I recall, we stayed around the fishing ponds near the park entrance and never approached any of the forested areas. My pace was extremely slow because I’m not used to sustained inclines of any sort. I also paused at the highest point I reached to take this short video:

• Thursday, Aug. 1: I hiked 4.1 miles in 1:05:28 (15:59 pace) on the American Tobacco Trail from a little north of mile 8, where Durham’s Streets of Southpoint shopping mall is located, to probably around the 9.75 mile marker, a little past Crooked Creek. I’ve hiked the ATT before, but always on stretches further to the south, in Chatham and Wake counties. 

• Saturday, Aug. 3: I hiked 3.2 miles in 52:18 (16:22 pace) on the section of Bolin Creek Trail between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. I’ve traveled this trail before, both on foot and on bicycle, but it was my first journey along this track in probably at least five years. 

• Monday, Aug. 5: I hiked 5.1 miles in 1:39:31 (19:31 pace) on Gate 3 to Gate 7 Road and Shepherd Nature Trail on my first-ever visit to Duke Forest. I paused a number of times during the walk to take photographs; the one that appears below was the first of these. I also encountered people who were searching for a lost Bernese Mountain Dog named Buttons. 

Duke Forest, Gate 3 to Gate 7 Road.
Duke Forest, Gate 3 to Gate 7 Road, as seen on Aug. 5, 2019.

Scroll to the bottom of the post to see a gallery of other photographs that I took during my Aug. 5 walk.

• Tuesday, Aug. 6: I hiked 4.01 miles in 1:03:52 (15:54 pace) in a different part of Duke Forest a little to the southeast of Sheperd Nature Trail. My track made kind of a funny shape. 

The path I took through the southeast leg of Duke Forest in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 9, 2019.
The path I took through the southeast leg of Duke Forest in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 6, 2019.

• Thursday, Aug. 8: I hiked 5.09 miles in 1:34:14 (18:30 pace) on Company Mill Trail and Inspiration Trail in my first-ever visit to Umstead State Park, which straddles parts of Cary and Morrisville, N.C. There were inclines. Things got sweaty. And I took this picture of Crabtree Creek:

Crabtree Creek in Umstead State Park near Cary, N.C.
Crabtree Creek in Umstead State Park near Cary, N.C., as seen on Aug. 8, 2019.

Also, here’s a short video I took of the creek from the same location as the photograph:

• Friday, Aug. 9: I walked 2.93 miles in 42:54 (14:38 pace) in my first-ever walk along the northernmost part of the American Tobacco Trail. The trailhead is about a quarter-mile from the home-plate entrance to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the venue of the local Minor League Baseball team.

As promised, here are more pictures from my Aug. 5 walk through Duke Forest:

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