Bobbitt Hole Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Bobbitt Hole is a 1.65 mile easy loop trail located in Eno River State Park offering river views and access to camping and other activities. History (ref: http://www.enoriver.org/events-and-activities/what-we-protecthidden-gems-of-the-eno/what-we-protecthidden-gems-of-the-enojanuary/) "Not much is known about the history of Bobbitts Hole, nor has much been written about the geologic features that cause the hole. But, one thing is certain, it is a beautiful gem all year long and a great hike along the Eno! At the beginning of the hike, when you are standing at the wayside display, imagine a single-lane steel truss bridge spanning the Eno. This is the old river crossing for the second edition of Cole Mill Road. On the far side of the river stood the McCown Mill (later Cole Mill), which was in operation from 1814-1908. The mill was started using money provided by John Cabe to his fifth daughter Rachel and her husband Moses. When you first reach the edge of the river on the Cole Mill Trail, look for a large rock outcrop on the other side of the river; it provided a footing for the mill dam that ran across the river just above the riffle you see. As you hike along the river, you will discover beautiful patches of rhododendron and mountain laurel on the shady north-facing slopes of the opposite riverbank. This same side of the river also has the remains of the Alpha Woolen Mills and the foundation of a cabin that was said to be an off-campus party house for one of Duke Universitys fraternities. Bobbitts Hole was a popular swimming hole, being one of the deepest spots on the river. If you want to explore more of this area of Eno River State Park, then you should stay the night at one of the five backcountry campsites in the Piper Creek Campground." Ecology (ref: Ref: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/enri/ecology.php) "Ridges, slopes, and flood plains in the park are adorned with oak, beech, poplar, maple, dogwood, pine, and hickory in the forested areas, while sycamore, birch, and hornbeam grow along the river banks. Mountain laurel, Catawba rhododendron and ferns grow on the slopes and bluffs. Wildflowers bloom in the fields and forest from February through November. Vines such as greenbrier, grape, and trumpet flower are part of the backdrop of natural beauty at the park. Plant communities along the river provide the perfect home for various animals. In the old fields you can find eastern cottontails and ground hogs. White-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, and oppossums feed on the fruits and seeds of the hardwood forest. Lucky visitors catch glimpses of chipmunks, otters, and possibly a bobcat. Birds include red-tailed hawk, barred owl, crows mingle and more than one-hundred kinds of song birds. Wood ducks, great blue herons, and belted kingfishers can be spotted along the river. Wild turkeys are often seen in the forest. Beaver are also present. The best times to see a beaver are at dusk or dawn at the river."
After a nice little hike through the woods, the trail comes out at Bobbitt Hole. We were able to cross over a few rocks and branches to go sit on some big rocks in the river for a little mini-picnic with snacks and water and let the kids take off their shoes to feel the icy cold water. There is also a log bench that overlooks the water. The rest of the trail goes along the river and can be followed to get to Dunnagan trail. Good scenery and lots of rocks to hike across. It was very pretty!
Accessed by the Cole Mill Trail, it is about three miles when completing a loop of both trails. Bobbitt Hole is located at a pretty bend in the Eno River at the far point on the trail. There are a couple small sandy areas along the water's edge. And with the current water level, the rocks above were not difficult to climb on, allowing for a pretty view as the water rushes by into the hole.
Great hike. I love the large swimming hole.
Very nice and easy hike! Great views especially once you start walking along the river. Lots of turtles!
This is one of my favorite go-to trails for a brisk hike or run. Pretty flat and easy with well traveled and pine needle cushioned trail. I also usually spot a snake or too and lots of turtles. This time I came across a truly stunning hornets nest.
On a sunny winter day, we hiked this trail in addition to several others along the Eno River. Bobbitt Hole is accessed via the Cole Mill trail and is a loop through the woods and along the river to a deep "hole" with some nice small waterfalls at its end. Found out it's named for a man named Bobbitt who drowned there. The area is good for trail running, fishing and camping as well. Many of the Eno trails offer multiple river access points for kayaks too. We enjoyed the outing. More info on the history of the area can be found at the eno river association website: http://www.enoriver.org/events-and-activities/what-we-protecthidden-gems-of-the-eno/what-we-protecthidden-gems-of-the-enojanuary/.