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Mountains-to-Sea Trail: Segment 10

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Eno River and Falls Lake: Eno River State Park to Falls Lake Dam


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Map Key

76.7

Miles

123.4

KM

Point to Point

467' 142 m

High

221' 67 m

Low

2,646' 807 m

Up

2,832' 863 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Lake · River/Creek · Swimming

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Description

The trail starts in Orange County, following the Eno downstream in Eno River State Park to soon enter Durham County, where it goes through the history-laden West Point on the Eno Park. Approximately 10 miles later, it traverses Penny's Bend Nature Preserve, where a geological oddity causes the river to form a U-shaped bend, unusual for this area. Soon the Eno disappears as it flows into the vastness of Falls Lake. The MST now hugs the southern shore of this man-made reservoir as it winds its way in and out of coves and small creeks to end by the dam on the outskirts of Raleigh. The fact that this 77-mile footpath exists is due to a combination of serendipity and hard work: serendipity because of the creation of several large parcels of adjoining public lands, rare in North Carolina east of the mountains, and hard work due to all the Triangle-area trail enthusiasts who've made this footpath a reality.

The trail is well-marked with the MST blaze, a 3" white circle. Where the MST runs concurrent with other trails, mostly in Eno River State Park, there are multiple colored markings.

For more information, including camping, lodging, parking, shuttles, and resupply information, as well as detailed, turn-by-turn directions, download a trail guide from the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

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Jim Grode

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Photos

Durham Pump Station ruins in Eno River State Park.
Mar 13, 2016 near Durham, NC
Chimney standing on the cliff above Bobbit Hole
Sep 21, 2017 near Hillsbo…, NC
MST
Jul 9, 2020 near Gorman, NC
Pleasant cove view towards the end (Cedar Creek) end of the trail.
Apr 12, 2020 near Wake Fo…, NC
Taking advantage of the late summer
Sep 10, 2017 near Hillsbo…, NC
MST along Ellerbee
Jul 9, 2020 near Gorman, NC

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