New Hiking Trail Opened

July 11, 2021

Visitors are invited to explore the 1½-mile hiking trail now open at the Roberts Chapel Conservation Area near Butner, Creedmoor, and Stem. To find the property, enter “792 Roberts Chapel Road, Stem, NC” into a mapping app on a phone, computer, or car.

The hiking trail winds through scenic woods and across several small streams. Message boards with property rules, maps, and trail guides are found at the trailhead parking area.

Over the last eighteen months, TRLC staff, volunteers, and contractors transformed the Roberts Chapel Conservation Area into a public hiking trail destination. That includes 109 individuals who devoted 1,100 hours of service to build trails, install fences, construct footbridges, and remove trash.

“We’ll forever be grateful to everyone who volunteered their time, energy, and expertise to help build this trail,” said Derek Halberg, TRLC Executive Director. “The result is wonderful open space that will be enjoyed by residents and visitors to Granville County for years to come.”

TRLC acquired the Roberts Chapel property in 2019 to limit residential growth around Camp Butner and to protect streams that flow into Lake Holt and Falls Lake – reservoirs that supply drinking water to the residents of Granville and Wake Counties.

The purchase of the land and the construction of the hiking trail and other improvements were made possible through the financial contributions and support of these partners: the National Guard Bureau, NC National Guard, NC Department of Justice, Granville County Commissioners, Town of Butner, City of Creedmoor, Town of Stem, City of Raleigh, and Universal Leaf North America, U.S., Inc.

To download a PDF trail guide for the Roberts Chapel Conservation Area, please click here. We hope to see you on the trail!