The great thing about a new and developing venue — Brunswick Nature Park was established in 2010 — is that nearly every time you pay a visit, there’s more trail.

That’s especially true at the 911-acre Brunswick Nature Park, where the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust and Brunswick County have adapted a multi-use approach to the growing trail network. Hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians — all will have access to the trails here. Oh, and there’s a paddle trail accessible via a canoe launch on Town Creek.

Currently, there’s anywhere from 2 to 5.5 miles of trail open, with an eventual build out of up to 10 miles planned. And it’s a good bet that additional trail will come on line soon, since the trail-building effort is being added by volunteers from the Cape Fear chapter of the Southern Off Road Bicycling Association. As a result, expect the trails here to be a bit more twisty and turny than the typical hiking trail.

More info: North Carolina Coastal Land Trust

Maps: Downloadable from Sir-Bikes-a-lot

Getting there from downtown Wilmington
Difficulty: moderate
Distance: 15 minutes from downtown
Time to complete: 1 hour
Address: 2663-2677 River Road
City: Winnabow
State: N.C.
Zip: 28479
Latitude: 34.0859
Longitude: 77.5960