High scenic views and mountain trails await you at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. This Piedmont monadnock has been recognized as one of the most important natural areas in the Triangle. It is the highest point in Orange County at 867 feet, and the oak forest, pond, field, heath bluff, and river habitats found on the mountain support species that are rare and significant in this region. With 190 acres of land and nearly three miles of trails, visitors can experience a wide variety of the area's natural surroundings and wildlife.

Trail came as advertised with some good views as well as a short walk along the Eno river. There was one unobstructed view if you took a side path to a look out area. The cliff that you overlook is a by product of a long ago quarry and you would not know it without the signage. All in all a good hike while not extremely strenuous enough ups and downs to get your blood flowing.

Good climbs make me happy. Nice trail close to home for me. Walk along the river for a dog cool off.

I was surprised by how tired I got on this trail. The distance made me expect it to be rather easy but the ups and downs left me winded. It’s not an easy trail but it isn’t too long so you can get it done in about an hour.

good cardio with intervals! Beautiful views from the top.

3 months ago

I would not call it easy. It’s definitely a moderate hike. The last quarter of the trail is a steep incline. I loved it but my 13 year old was melting towards the end.

nice loop. trail was well marked and had several nice views. had a great time.

Great overlook and hiking down the Mountain to look at the rock quarry from the bottom was great! And walking right next to the Eno!

great little trail with a view of the river!

Very pretty trail! Had some steep climbs but the overlook was really nice!

Short, but has some steep hills. Lots of rocks and roots along the path. The view from the top is worth it though. Absolutely breathtaking!

Lots of gangly roots on the trail, so runners beware. Otherwise, pretty, moderate trail.

Very nice hike. Pretty basic but great morning hike.

This trail was a disappointment. Only one area with a view. Trail was shaley and without interest in the woods. We ended up going back to the Eno River State Park 15 minutes away to have a picnic lunch along the river.

amazing hike! so many gorgeous views and a good workout! definitely will go again, but with a lunch to enjoy the views

This was a pretty cool trail. First impressions were this why is this a moderate rating?!? It starts off with nice flowy trails, slight inclines and just a nice walk in the woods. That was the Chestnut Oak trail --just a pleasant walking spot. The the other connecting trails are where the moderate rating comes. The Occoneechee Mountain loop was pretty cool, better inclines and a bit more strenuous. Literally, all the trail systems were pretty rocky, though well defined and nicely maintained.

It had rained hard for two days prior to my walk and the trails were as dry as can be, they have a great run off so it wasn't muddy at all.

If you're looking for more adventure, there is some fun scrambling around the overwatch. There are many 'strong' warning about doing so, but if have any scrambling experience, they aren't that challenging. It's predominantly made up of shale so it's not all that stable, and the granite is extremely slick --I may or may not have attempted it :) That was clearly the highlight of the walk, and pretty much why I went. Overall nice trail system. Easy parking, outhouses at the trail head, and very few people.

A nice way to spend your morning. Only took us about an hour including our time spent resting at the top. Really beautiful view and a surprisingly steep rock face down the north side.

Great trail.

LOVED this hike. Yes, the noise close to I-85 is annoying, but the views up at the overlook are beautiful! Love the rocky terrain, the rivers, and the interesting vegetation around the area. Definitely some more difficult spots due to incline, but a great workout. Bring a lunch and spend some time at the overlook!

Wow, what a beautiful trail with both mountain and lazy river views! I feel as if I traveled west to hike without the drive. Don't skip the overlook trail, it offers a gorgeous view. The only reason it doesn't get 5 stars for me is the close proximity to I-85 at the start....it is a bit noisy.

Good up and down rugged trail.
Not good for stroller. watch your step if using a baby carrier.
The overlook is pretty.
fyi, lots of bugs...wear bug spray.
Would do it again.

roots and rocks with about 400 up and 400 down.

lots of other people on the trail with very little trail etiquette (i know not the trails fault). lots of inclines and stairs as well. a good workout and well marked!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Limited parking and quite busy but great trail. Nice views and well laid trail.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Overall nice trail with a pretty overlook. Heavily trafficked on nice days. Watch out for broken glass on the trail, I had to pick up and carry my dog over a couple spots.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

One of my absolute favorites.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

very nice and well maintained trails. views from overlook were great.

Thursday, March 09, 2017

rocky trail with lots of hills, nice views, easy access from I40 and 85

Monday, March 06, 2017

Local and close for me
This is a nice trail system with a surprisingly great view over the town of hillsborough
Two fishing ponds at the bottom which are fun to fly fish for bass and bream.

it's not for young children

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