Pump Station Trail to Laurel Bluffs Trail is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Havenhill, 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
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I completed the Pump Station Loop, along with hiking a few different sections of the Laurel Bluffs Trail on a pretty New Year's Eve day. 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 loop is short and relatively flat as it heads down to the Eno River and back. The ruins of the old Durham Pump Station are fun to explore. As others have stated, Laurel Bluffs is a scenic trail that usually lets you get away from the crowds.
My favorite stretch of the Eno
This is a great trail especially for being in a pretty populated area. Be prepared for quite a few ascents and descents. What can I say, the name fits the trail. If you want a trail where you can rock jump and play in the river this is not the one for you, but if you want to be secluded in nature this should work. I was out on a Saturday and never pass another person on the trail. Note: it would be a great place to train for more difficult hiking. Also keep an eye on your blazes. They are the old school spray paint kind.
Well maintained with beautiful scenery. I was a little disappointed when Laurel Bluffs Trail crossed a power line and under an overpass, but one can't expect too much seclusion so close to the city. The scenery makes up for it, for the most part.
There are two parking areas along Rivermont Road for the Pump Station access. An address of 4050 Rivermont Road, Durham 27705 will get you to the main trailhead. Dirt road here. There's another access point northwest about .2 miles. The Pump Station loop is short and fairly easy. A lot of it is flat along the Eno River. The remains of the old Durham water pumping station are along the route. Continue west from the loop for a more challenging hike on the Laurel Bluffs Trail, which is also the Mountains to Sea Trail - white circle blazes. The Laurel Bluff trail from Pump Station Loop is the least traveled section in my experience. It's a steady up and down with some flat sections along the river. This is my favorite section of the trail. Note: The map on webpage (as of 6/8/15) is not the route. The trail is marked south on the other side of the Eno River