Holden's Mill Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hillsborough, NC 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. Travel over the Eno River, you will be on park property. Travel past the picnic and parking area leaving the park. Continue in a northwestern direction crossing over Pleasant Green Road and shortly you will enter park land again. Park in the first parking area after the park headquarters. Begin on Buckquarter Trail which is located there.
Nice little loop, hiked in mid summer. Would go back in fall to see the leaves changing.
Holden Mill Trail is four miles only if you include the portion of the Buckquarter Creek Trail you need to travel on to access it. The actual loop is 2.6 miles. Although pretty, I tend to avoid the section along the river because it's rocky and can be slippery when wet. I stick to the hilly portion. You will want to take the final loop portion to the actual mill site which is signed. The mill's water raceway and many stone walls are intact.