Day Hike C: Dead end off Possum Track Road to Possum Track Road

Possum Track Travels

Distance: 3.0 miles

  • Difficulty: Moderate.
  • Camping: No.
  • Land managers: N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Note: Some or all of this trail is on gamelands and hunting is allowed. Learn about local hunting seasons here.
  • Volunteer Task Force Leader: Jeff Brewer,
  • Piggyback trail: Falls Lake Trail, a k a South Shore Trail.
  • Connecting trails: Assorted neighborhood trails trickling upslope and fishing trails headed toward the lake.
  • Falls Lake MST Section No.: 3.
  • Trailhead/Access:  Possom Track Road. Click on map below for specifics.

A common site at most Falls Lake trailheads.

There’s parking for 4 to 5 cars at the trailhead, where a paved spur off Possom Track Road, which led somewhere before Falls Lake was dug more than 30 years ago, dead ends. The trail  quickly falls into an up-and-down rhythm, with neither severe. A black chain-link fence upslope is your companion for a quarter mile or so, a reminder of the civilized world not far beyond. The tread is generally smooth, interrupted by occasional outbursts of dark granite. Occasionally, the trail piggybacks on old roadbed that served this once agricultural area of Wake County.

The section is a mix of maturing hardwoods and pine. It’s also a particularly popular section for dogs, it seems, not all of whom are attached to their two-footed companions.

Geology Highlights: The bedrock of this area has been folded into a large arch called the Raleigh anticline.  The rocks near the west end of this trail section lie close to the top of the arch, so their foliation (layering) is gently inclined.

Day Hike C Map

Click on the link below the Google map to open it up in a larger version which includes definition of the map symbols, hiking notes, and an interactive option for driving to the trailheads.

View MST / Falls Lake / Section 3 in a larger map

Finding Your Way

Thanks to Mark Edelstein for these detailed hiking directions.

Finding Your Way (east » west) Cumulative Mileage Mileage Between Points
Trailhead: Dead end off Possom Track Road (roadside parking) 0.0 0.0
Cross a low-lying footbridge and soon, another one. 0.2 0.2
Cross a paved access road. 0.3 0.1
Cross some former logging roads and soon move into
a wildlife clearing. Walk through this for the next 0.6 mi.
0.6 0.3
Cross a low footbridge over a creek bed. 0.8 0.2
Move out of the wildlife clearing and walk on a short footbridge. Catch a view of the lake but soon leave it. 1.2 0.4
Cross a footbridge over a small creek. 1.4 0.2
Move back to views of Falls Lake. 1.5 0.1
Cross a footbridge and soon, an old roadbed. 1.8 0.3
Cross a small creek on a footbridge. 2.3 0.5

Cross a footbridge by a large drainage pipe. Possom Track Road is directly above you.

2.5 0.2

Turn R off a narrow path that you’ve been on for the last 0.1 mi.

2.9 0.4
Walk up a concrete culvert to arrive at Possom Track Road. Turn R to walk across the causeway. 3.0 0.1