Company Mill Loop is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a lake and is rated as moderate. 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
Peace within the city, exciting iron bridge, historic dam ruins The Company Mill Trail can be surprisingly tranquil for it proximity to the capitol city. Approximately 25 minutes into the hike Crabtree Creek appears, which is where the Company Mill site existed back in the early 1800's. Remnants of the old dam are visible on both sides. Crossing an iron bridge, you begin the trail's loop section. Heading right, the trail follows the creek before walking up a short series of terraced steps. The views at the top will be minimal during the summer months. Continuing on, crossing the bike and bridle trail, takes you to a kiosk with information on the destructive impact of the Southern Pine Beetle. A sharp left keeps you on the trail, along Sycamore Creek. This back half of the loop can be very muddy and slick after a good rain. A slight elevation gain via a pair of switchbacks leads across the bridle trail once more. The remainder of the trail is easy hiking with very slight ups and downs. Follow along the creek to the bridge.
Brought the dog with us and had a great time. If you bring a dog BRING WATER! There are some little streams for them to drink but not enough, especially for the older dogs. The elevation changes are enough to be a moderate challenge but nothing crazy. Trail has lots of roots to trip on so watch your ankles. I'd suggest hiking boots, although we hiked it in regular running shoes. Not too hot, as entire trail is shaded. Lots of other hikers and dogs on the trail so if your pup isn't fond of other dogs it may not be a great idea considering the trail is very narrow at certain points. Took us a over 2 hours, and that was going at a slow pace once puppy started getting worn out last mile or two. Definitely a worthwhile hike- fun and not too strenuous at all.
A pretty hike and dog friendly.
The elevation changes, creek and bridges make it interesting. Some parts of the trail were flat and smooth. But, most parts had tree roots and rocks. So, most of the time you have to watch where you are stepping. Overall, a very well maintained trail.
The trailhead has a large parking lot, bathrooms, water fountains and a map of the trails. Also a nearby picnic shelter.
At 7:30 am there already were a lot of people including a high school cross country team. But, not everyone was headed on the same trail. So, although the trail is popular, it's long enough that people were spread out.
About 3/4 mile into the hike you start the looping portion by going right or left. We went left and hiked clockwise which meant we ended the hike near a nice access point to the creek where the dogs could cool off.
At about two miles, the trail intersects with Reedy Creek Trail and you have the option of taking this wide, flat trail as a cut through and shaving about a mile off the hike.
This trail was a great hike. It has enough challenge by way of elevation, and differing scenery to remain interesting. The actual trail is well maintained and well marked with orange squares.
We also visited during Labor Day weekend, and it was really busy! All parking stalls were occupied, and many, like us, brought their dog(s). We ran into many people on the trail, but it thinned out when we took a right along the river (after crossing it). That is a beautiful spot to sit and enjoy nature's beauty.
We only went half way and took another trail, but I will be returning to do the whole loop. Our dog loved the trail, and really loved running it. I give this trail a stumble rating of 3/5. Lots of natural ground to hike over.
Overall, a great trail! I hope the airport doesn't take over this land and get rid of this gem!
This trail is very well kept and "moderate" is an excellent measure if dufficulty. However, it is worth noting that this is a lollipop course. So, the loop itself is around 6 mi., but its a mile or more to get to loop itself.
This is a heavily traveled trail. We passed or ran into people constantly on the way in and once on loop itself the traffic thinned. As a disclaimer, we were there on Labor Day Weekend and the add'l traffic on a gorgeous day was somewhat expected.
The woods are amazing and there are several places to stop and grab a bite next to the creek. Overall...Highly recommend it if you can deal with a few extra people.
A good trail for a two hour workout. Once you pass the first mile, the trail is quiet. I saw deer during my walk. Lots of small bridges on the trail.
Good and long
Excellent. Well kept, well marked. Fun mix of vertical, technical and nature. Great 5.8 loop easy to navigate.
Very forested trails, not too scenic but great for exercise.
Vigorous for intermediate hikers, ambitious for beginners. Otherwise, clear trail markers, clean, safe, and beautiful!! Come across the river a few times, great for families.
Decent trip. The area near the stream is scenic and a great place to relax before or after the 2 hr hike around the loop. Away from the stream there is very little scenery and the parts of the forest you experience are pine-dominated and devoid of interesting trees. A great hike for exercise but not for photographers or scenery enthusiasts.
Very impressed by the different levels of the trail. Enjoyed the morning hike and surprised about the amount of runners doing the trail as well.
Nice trail through an old growth forest. Very peaceful with only a few hikers and runners on the trail.
My wife and I hiked and ran the 5.8 mile lollipop loop starting at the reedy creek entrance. Lovely trail. Soft footing. Well marked. Just enough elevation change to make it intriguing. Creek was running hard and so pretty. We hope to do more in Umpstead soon.