Directions: Take I-5 south to exit 297 (Terwilliger). Head south on Terwilliger following the signs for the park (roughly 2.5 miles).
This park has a mixture of hiking, biking and horse trails. There are 8 miles of well marked and maintained hiking trails, numerous bridges and lots of nature to take in. There is a nature center where you can get an easy to follow (free) map of all the trails. We’ll describe the 2.5 mile route we took but it’s definitely easy to grab a map and just head out whichever way sounds best to you.
We started at the main parking area and took the Maple Ridge Trail to Middle Creek Trail and that takes you to High Bridge. From High Bridge stay on Middle Creek Trail and cross Beaver Bridge. Stay on Middle Creek after crossing the bridge until you come to Red Fox Trail, take this trail and cross Red Fox Bridge. After crossing the bridge stay on Red Fox until you reach South Creek Trail. Take South Creek Trail to Iron Mountain Bridge. Then, take Iron Mountain Trail to where it intersects with the paved bike path. Follow the bike path back the parking area.
This is a great hike for bird lovers, kids and anyone that’s looking for some easy trails not too far away from the city. The trails are well maintained and wind through a beautiful forest, and along quiet Tryon Creek. There is a Trillium Festival April 11th and 12th with guided tours. For more on the festival and to see a map of the park, click here.
Distance: 1-6 miles (easy)
Elevation: 325 feet (easy)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: No
Popular: Can be on nice days