Dunnagan Trail is a 1.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a river 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
Directions from Durham, NC: From I-85 South to Durham, take Cole Mill exit, turn right, after 5 miles road will enter the park. From I-85 North, take Exit 170 between Hillsborough and Durham. Make a U-turn after coming off the exit ramp, go under the interstate a quarter mile, turn right on Pleasant Green Road, then turn left at intersection with Cole Mill Road. Once you cross the Eno River you will see parking on your left. Park there and begin on Pea Creek Trail which is across the road from the parking and picnic area. Travel Pea Creek Trail in either direction to reach Dunnagan's Trail.
I went left after accessing from the Pea Creek trail, taking the loop clockwise (though I did not notice a real advantage either way). As previously stated, you do pass a few old gravesites in the woods. There was a good view of the pump station ruins on the opposite bank just after making it back down to the river. The trail along the river on the return was mostly flat and easy. I saw several trail runners on a pretty New Year's Eve day.
At the split, go left to go down to the river follow along the river and then back up the loop along the low ridge. Grave site is near the end. I take my doggy swimming when we get down to the river. Perfect for a 45 min walk in the woods.
The Dunnagan Trail is actually 1.8 miles (per the Eno River State Park Trail Map), not 3.1 miles. The overall mileage via the Pea Creek Trail may be closer to three miles. This is a nice tail which provides both riverside and inland elements. The river section is easy and the inland section is moderate.
Nice views of river as well as some geocaching and a view of a cemetery with interesting history