a man's hiking boots as he walks on an unpaved nature trail

Explore Chapel Hill Parks and Nature Trails

Chapel Hill has the best of both worlds. It’s surrounded by natural beauty, yet still filled with all the convenience of luxury living. Residents of Southern Village can enjoy the beautiful trails in Chapel Hill without ever leaving the area. If you love the great outdoors, grab your face mask and visit a nature trail near our Chapel Hill apartments.

Fan Branch Trail

Fan Branch Trail is a 1.62-mile paved trail that begins at Southern Community Park and runs northward. It’s extremely convenient to access from Southern Village. In fact, it’s only a three-minute walk from our apartments in Chapel Hill. The path is approximately 10 feet wide, which offers plenty of space for visitors to move around. Fan Branch features beautiful wildflowers, native birds, charming bridges, and a picturesque creek.

Morgan Creek Trail

The northern end of Fan Branch Trail runs into Morgan Creek Trail. Beginning at a parking lot off of Fordham Blvd, this paved trail runs alongside the tranquil Morgan Creek. At nearly a mile long, this beginner trail offers the perfect easy hike. At the end of the trail, you can also choose to continue onto an unpaved loop, which will take you around historic Merritt’s Pasture.

Battle Branch Trail

Located about 15 minutes from UNC-Chapel Hill, Battle Branch Trail offers 1.5 miles of gorgeous hiking. Unlike the other two trails, Battle Branch is unpaved and considered more of a “wilderness trail.” It even features offshoot trails for those who want extended hikes. In addition, Battle Branch boasts a variety of wildlife, a creek, and a theater. The Community Center Park offers plenty of free parking, but when classes are not in session, visitors can also access the trail by way of UNC’s campus.

When you’re done checking out the trails in Chapel Hill, plan a visit to nearby Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area to discover even more natural beauty. Contact us today for more information about our spacious apartments in Chapel Hill. We would love to schedule a virtual tour so you can experience all that Southern Village has to offer.

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