Explore the most popular birding trails in Eno River State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

This is an amazing trail. If you enter from Continental Rd, and park on side of road, upon reaching the fork on the path, take the right path and not far ahead is a small cemetery on the right . There is a Headstone of: P. Catherine Dunnigan Born March 7, 1826 and Died Jan 6, 1914. There are rock markings next to her grave with no name . The steep climb is not so bad, as it levels a bit before going up again . The walk along the river is quite beautiful. A great find :)

hiking
2 days ago

The trail is a nice, light exercise with some great views of the Eno. If you live nearby it's certainly worth an outing!

Great trail, few inclined loved the view. An amazing cut out log in Memory of at the end curve. Great water view w small rapids :)

First time on this trail .. working here from out of state had a day off . Loved the trail. Very well marked, and lovely scenery with all the fall colours

Really enjoyed this trail and the walk along the river

Moderate trail with extended river section. Fanny’s Ford loop adds an easy section to extend the trail.

Very nice stroll with great views

Yes, the bridge that crosses Nancy Rhodes Creek is technically out, but don't let this stop you from crossing this small creek by rock hopping. I just hiked this loop 3 days ago. There is a very easy place to cross just down stream (closer to the Eno River) from the dilapidated bridge. Once you cross over you can then explore the really cool, old pump station, and just past that, if you follow the main trail down stream there are some pretty rocky bluffs with a nice view--and from this point you can continue further down the Laurel bluffs trail if you want to add some distance to the loop before turning around and passing by the old pump station area again. Go do the whole loop!

This trail is well worthy of its intermediate rating, as it has some pretty grueling switchbacks. lots of uneven terrain and loose material. and some slightly treacherous downslopes.

But you do get some nice vistas, the power lines kinda take away some, but still nice.

Bits of advice: Take Your Time! Also either carry a camel back or bring a gallon of water, because you WILL need it. Dehydration is no joke, it's early symptoms are subtle, but it gets bad quick, headache is a clear sign that you are not drinking enough. take lots of breaks and drink plenty of water. When you get back to your vehicle it's a good idea to have a Gatorade or Powerade, you need to replenish those lost electrolytes.

nice trail. we hiked it. it was more of a walk in the woods next to a river than a hike, but it was a morning well spent. I would rate it as easy instead of moderate. this would be a GREAT trail for running. I would run on it every day if I lived near by.

hiking
27 days ago

FYI no longer a loop trail. One of the bridges on the part of the trail close to the river was wiped out by flooding after Florence. Still, decent out and back trail to see the pump station. Good for a short walk with my pup.

We drove 2:30 hrs just to hike here! And we had a great time. Our Lab had so much fun with the water and the hike:) a little damage from Hurricane but we can’t complain about it, we were just grateful the trails are still available.

Great for a quick hike with the

1 month ago

Nice trail along the river

1 month ago

Nice trail! 5 miles with the Fanny Ford extension - which is a must for the beautiful water views!

lots of steps and lots of rocks uncomfortable for walking

hiking
1 month ago

The bridge at the 0.5 mile marker on this trail was taken out by a giant tree during the Hurricane Florence flooding. The trail is still passable - you just have to cross some rocks.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail, but the bridge is out between the Buckquarter Creek Trail and the Holden's Mill Trail. I uploaded a photo from today, 9/22/2018

hiking
2 months ago

Good workout trail! It’s well maintained and it was moderately trafficked by people (and dogs on a leash) Go early (park opens at 7:00am) the parking lot will fill after 9:00am...

one of my most favorite secluded hikes.

one of my favorite triangle trails. great little rock scrambles too.

It’s was very fun and pretty easy, Nice for an afternoon hike... went with some children who enjoyed it a lot as well

Did this trail in combonation with holden mill, today on recommendation of a very nice lady at the office? Followed her directions to do a figure 8, starting with the right branch of buckquater then crossing over to stay with the river on our left, then coming back with the river on our right. Went with a friend and our 3 dogs. We all had a blast, we were in and out of the river to play. A bit more traffic as the day went on but not bad until we got back to the beginning of the trailhead where everyone was in the river. We will definitely be back.

Great short afternoon or after work hike.

It's an easy trail. Nice little loop walking by the river.

Great hike to see the historic Pump Station ruins and great view of the river with lots of rocks there. We continued west on the trail and kept going on the Laurel Trail until we were across from Bobbit Hole (see the chimney ruins). The trail to that point was up and down ... sometimes along the river and sometimes branching away a bit. At the chimney ruins, there is a trail that goes down to the river where we were able to cross to north side of river by hopping rocks and then walked east on the Bobbit Hole trail and then Cole Mill Trail. We kept going east Pea Loop and Dunegun loop trails until we were across from the Pump Station trail, Crossed the river again, rock hoping, and then returned to the Pump Station parking. Fun hike.

trail running
5 months ago

Great loop! My dog loved the Eno river running along the trail so she could jump in when she got too hot. The signs and blazes make it easy to follow. Wonderful spot!

Very nice, easy trail. Pretty forest and river, I'm sure I'll be back again.

hiking
5 months ago

Didn’t quite adhere to the Riverwalk during this excursion though we did manage to walk IN the river when crossing over to Ayr Mount. Both beautiful and magical with fireflies lighting the way to the Poets Walk. Came back along St. Mary’s Rd and through downtown to really get a feel for this awesome town. Loved it!!

Great hike with the kids. There are plenty of places where the kids can get wet and enjoy the water.

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