Pump Station Trail Loop is a 1.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and birding 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. Just before crossing the Eno River you will see Rivermont Road to your right. Turn right and travel a short distance where you will see parking on your left. Pump Station Trail begins from the parking area.
I started from the main trailhead next to the bridge over Nancy Rhodes Creek. There is room to park on the side of Rivermont Road. The trail is short and relatively flat as it loops down to the Eno River and back. The ruins of the old Durham Pump Station are fun to explore. This is another good choice for trail running, and can be extended along the river several miles in either direction along the Laurel Bluffs Trail.
Great trail for kids.
Pump Station is a basic loop trail that can be used to access the Laurel Bluff Trail going east or west. The loop itself is about half flat along the river and the rest is either a dirt roadbed or single track trail. The trail leads to the old Durham water pumping station built in the 1880's. The remains of the building an outbuilding can be explored. This is a good place to bring kids, but they have to be supervised as the ruins have some drops. There are two trailheads for this loop, both on Rivermont Road - the unpaved sections. The trail is fairly well marked and easy to navigate.