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A loop from the rocky summit down to the Eno River.


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2.5

Miles

3.9

KM

Loop

750' 228 m

High

505' 154 m

Low

367' 112 m

Up

376' 115 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Swimming

Park Hours:
  • November - February: 8am - 6pm
  • March, April, October, and September: 8am - 8pm
  • May - August: 8am - 9pm
  • Closed Christmas Day

Description

From the parking lot head to the information booth past the toilets. Continue past the information booth to the trailhead. If you always stay left whenever you encounter a trail junction you'll keep on the trail.

You begin with a steady climb on switchbacks through oak forests. Eventually, the trail flattens out and then trends down toward the river where you'll meet the river at a large boulder. Continue along the river until you find some built in stairs that head up past an old quarry. (There's a sign that says 'no climbing or rappelling' but the rock quality is so weak and fractured who would want to?) The stairs eventually flatten out, and you pass around to the other side of the mountain which features some mixed pine forest.

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Shared By:

Russell Hobart

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Trail connection.
Oct 10, 2016 near Hillsbo…, NC
Old quarry.
Oct 10, 2016 near Hillsbo…, NC
Boulder by the river.
Oct 10, 2016 near Hillsbo…, NC
River bottoms.
Oct 10, 2016 near Hillsbo…, NC

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