Breakaway Trail and Prison Run Pass at County Farm Preserve

  • Author: Piedmont Legacy Trails
  • Created: November 12, 2019 8:14 pm
  • Updated: April 14, 2020 2:27 pm
County: Guilford
Length: Medium (2-5 miles)

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  • Distance 987.53 ft
  • Time 5 min
  • Speed 2 mph
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The County Farm segment of the Mountains to Sea Trail currently includes 2.8 miles of beautiful trail that traverses pasture, crop land and wood land, along with several creek crossings and rock outcroppings. There are two trailhead options for this trail here. The original starts at the gravel lot in front of the old prison (Address: 7315 Howerton Rd, Gibsonville, NC 27249). The newest trailhead starts at the new gravel lot near the corner of Amick Rd and Gibsonville Ossipee Rd (See the last photo).
See our blog post for more information on this trail: https://www.piedmonttrails.org/trails-at-guilford-county-farm/

Previously known as the Prison Farm, this 806-acre property has been around since the early 1930’s with the first “Prison Dorm” constructed in 1935. Built by the inmates with stones gathered from the farm grounds, there is a tremendous amount of history behind these walls.

The County Farm segment of the Mountains to Sea Trail currently includes 2.8 miles of beautiful trail that traverses pasture, crop land and wood land, along with several creek crossings and rock outcroppings. There are two trailhead options for this trail here. The original starts at the gravel lot in front of the old prison (Address: 7315 Howerton Rd, Gibsonville, NC 27249). The newest trailhead starts at the new gravel lot near the corner of Amick Rd and Gibsonville Ossipee Rd (See the last photo).
See our blog post for more information on this trail: https://www.piedmonttrails.org/trails-at-guilford-county-farm/

Previously known as the Prison Farm, this 806-acre property has been around since the early 1930’s with the first “Prison Dorm” constructed in 1935. Built by the inmates with stones gathered from the farm grounds, there is a tremendous amount of history behind these walls.

1 thought on “Breakaway Trail and Prison Run Pass at County Farm Preserve”

  1. I hiked this trail today { 2.12.2021 } and saw a River Otter at the pond at the Amick Rd trailhead . The weather was very bad and since there were no people out , he was unaware that he was being watched . Can somebody confirm that River Otters are not unusual to be present there ? I am positive it wasnt a Beaver since he was much slimmer and didnt have the typical broad Beaver tail plus , Beavers have a huge impact on the surrounding trees and I only see one tree at the pond with very old Beaver chewing markings .

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