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 doubled up today, started early and did the 2.4 mile Loop Trail twice.

Great Hike!
There are some really nice climbs on the trail. The only negative we experienced was the sound from highway 85. Other than that it is a great 2.5 mile hike.

A bit of a challenge for any out of shape person but worth the effort for the beautiful view from the top!

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.

This trail has a little of everything - lush river path, nice climbs and a rewarding overlook view. One of the most diverse and mountain-esque hikes in the eastern half of the state.

Great 1/2 day to spend with family with kids!

Good trail.. well maintained. several steep hills.

Really one of the bets high scenic views without traveling far from the Triangle. The overlook scenery stays beautiful even in the winter.

Nothing spectacular here, but a good run. Pretty short, especially if you turn onto the overlook trail for the view.

Nice hike. The summit goes to a private property. Nothing up there. Overlook is well worth it.
Trail gets nice where it narrows. Much more quiet and secluded than the other half. Spotted a few deer and had a good time. Enjoy.

Noise from the highway. Teens smoking cigs. Nothing to get excited about. Did see a nice family of deer though.

One of the better hiking options in the area. Several trails for the overlook and there's a tree swing into the river at the lower portion of the trail.

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

Short hike with a pleasant overlook. Nothing spectacular, but it's a nice trail for a quick outing and a breath of fresh air.