Despite the fact that it is not really fantastic walking or hiking weather right now, Marney and I were determined to do this path. So on a hot, muggy morning, before it got too bad, we loaded up our 2 year olds and hit the path.
The Town of Chapel Hill just recently had a festival celebrating the Morgan Creek Trail and Greenway. And while it is short right now (0.8 miles out, then take it back to the parking lot), it is very nice. You can read more about the long term plans for the greenway here.
Right now the trail starts off of Route 54 just by the exit for 15/501 (see Marney’s husband’s fabulous directions below which I pasted pretty much verbatim because I love everything about them: succinct, correct, and funny). The trail spits you out, unceremoniously, onto Merritt’s Pasture. We stopped here and had a nice little picnic snack. Merritt’s Pasture, by the way, also has a trail on it (in it?). This trail is mowed areas through the grass pasture, though, so not the same. But nice anyhow.
Which brings me to the point that the Morgan Creek Trail is paved and very easy. Our toddlers walked/cried to be carried/meandered the whole way on their own. But this greenway is definitely stroller friendly all the way.
Also, Marney (who I have to say I met through this blog and totally rocks) pointed out that you could take the trail to 15/501, take the sidewalk along the road, and intersect with the trails that take you into Southern Village.
So lots of potential here, even more to come in the next few years, and we’re fans!
Morgan Creek Trail and Greenway
Parking Info: The best place to park is located on route 54 heading east, just before the 15-501 off ramp. From 15/501 turn onto route 54 west. Get in left lane and make first u-turn back onto 54 east. Get in right lane and you’ll see an unmarked gated driveway entrance on your right which will take you down into the parking lot. Most of the trail will be to your left. The trail is nice for a long walk or short bike ride. As you pass under the James Taylor bridge it is important to pause and sing one of his songs with your hand over your heart. Extra points for harmony.