Type: Trail, Loop
Difficulty: 2 / 10
Elev. Gain/Loss: 55 ft / 55 ft
Dog Friendly: Yes, with leash
Jog-Stroller Friendly: Yes
Filed Under: Hiking, Running
This easy run loops around the Reservoir Park Lake on a soft gravel path underneath a canopy of long leaf pine, oak and hickory trees with several boardwalks and side routes to make your run a little longer (if you want). You can easily run either clockwise or counter-clockwise. If you are looking for something longer try the Longleaf - Reservoir Lake Loop at 3.5 miles. Or add a few out-and-back trails for up to a 7 mile run.
There are interesting points and lake views along the way with small signs listing the different tree and plant specimens found in the area. The lake was built in 1926 as a water supply for the town of Southern Pines. In 1986 it was dedicated as a park and 95 adjoining acres were set aside by the Southern Pines Recreation and parks Department as greenspace. Dogs are allowed but several signs will remind you to keep them on a leash.
For more information on this park system, visit the Southern Pines recreation departmental website at www.southernpines.net/recreation.
Bathrooms are available and open seasonally.
From US1, get off at the exit for Pinehurst and Whispering Pines (State Road 2 and 22). From the exit, turn northeast and go .5 miles. Take a right onto State Road 22 (Central Drive). Follow Central Drive for 1.5 miles towards the airport and Sandhills Community College. The Reservoir Park entrance will be on your left. There is a large parking lot and trailhead another .5 miles further.