High scenic views and mountain trails await you at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. This Piedmont monadnock has been recognized as one of the most important natural areas in the Triangle. It is the highest point in Orange County at 867 feet, and the oak forest, pond, field, heath bluff, and river habitats found on the mountain support species that are rare and significant in this region. With 190 acres of land and nearly three miles of trails, visitors can experience a wide variety of the area's natural surroundings and wildlife.
I hiked this trail this past Saturday with my 5 year old daughter, and I must say I was impressed. We did the 2.2 mile loop and made various stops along the way. We came across a few deer that wasn't afraid of us and actually allowed us to snap a few photos. The trail was well marked and did not find it littered like most. I would recommend it to anyone who loves nature. Im planning on returning in the fall.
It was a nice trail with a nice overlook and a river. The scenery change from the rocks to the riverbank made it more interesting and fun without being too hard of a hike for my older pug to get through. There were benches throughout to sit at, a restroom at the trail head and plenty of parking on Easter Sunday when I went. Not terribly crowded for a nice Sunday afternoon