Cole Mill Trail is a 1.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Durham, NC 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
Cole Mill Trail is a 1.2 mile easy loop trail located in Eno River State Park offering river views and access to camping and other activities as well as access to trails like Bobbitt Hole. 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. Ref: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/enri/ecology.php
On a sunny winter day, we hiked this trail in addition to several others along the Eno River. Cole Mill is a nice loop along the river and through the woods and hooks up with the Bobbitt Hole Loop. 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.