George and Julia Brumley Family Nature Preserve

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If it has recently rained, please check for a RED trail alert banner at the top of this page. This banner will communicate which trails are closed. Trail status can also be found online by visiting Triangle MTB or TORC. Please help us prevent erosion by respecting trail closings. Do not enter Brumley South or park along the side of the road if the gate and trails are closed.

A 613-acre preserve in Orange County

Southern parking lot: 3055 New Hope Church Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Northern parking lot: 3620 Old State Hwy 10, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Pond Brumley Forest Nature Preserve Orange County NC

The pond in fall at The George and Julia Brumley Family Nature Preserve. Photo by Sam Upchurch, 2015.

About The George and Julia Brumley Family Nature Preserve

The George and Julia Brumley Family Nature Preserve is located in western Orange County, approximately 2 miles southeast of the town of Hillsborough. In the 1990’s, a subdivision was planned for a section of the property off of New Hope Church Road. George and Julia Brumley were passionate about land conservation and purchased the land to manage it for conservation and for traditional uses like forestry, farming, and hunting. After the Brumleys’ unfortunate passing, the Zeist Foundation sold the property in 2010 to Triangle Land Conservancy. Brumley was purchased with the help of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the Warner Foundation, City of Raleigh, Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, and the Pearson Stewart Land Opportunity Fund established through TLC’s Our Water, Our Land campaign.

The Brumley Nature Preserve is a model for sustainable land management practices. The preserve benefits the region by connecting people with the land through a variety of recreational and educational opportunities, protecting ecological communities, and safeguarding Raleigh’s water supply as part of the Neuse River Basin.

The preserve is open every day from dawn to dusk. Please follow all posted signs.


The Healing Labyrinth

The “Healing Labyrinth” at Brumley is a place for reflection, meditation and restoration. It is currently a work in progress, as we add the finishing touches. There are now two trails from the parking lot that lead directly past it at the intersection of Stoney Creek and Cemetery Connector trails. If you’re familiar with Brumley North, it’s by the cemetery, about 100 yards into the property.  Please visit this page for more information.


Trail Map as PDF


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