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Cole Mill Trail

EASY 48 reviews
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Cole Mill Trail is a 1.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Distance: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 82 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

forest

river

wildlife

muddy

Cole Mill Trail is a 1.2 mile easy loop trail located in Eno River State Park offering river views and access to camping and other activities as well as access to trails like Bobbitt Hole. Ridges, slopes, and flood plains in the park are adorned with oak, beech, poplar, maple, dogwood, pine, and hickory in the forested areas, while sycamore, birch, and hornbeam grow along the river banks. Mountain laurel, Catawba rhododendron and ferns grow on the slopes and bluffs. Wildflowers bloom in the fields and forest from February through November. Vines such as greenbrier, grape, and trumpet flower are part of the backdrop of natural beauty at the park. Plant communities along the river provide the perfect home for various animals. In the old fields you can find eastern cottontails and ground hogs. White-tailed deer, raccoons, squirrels, and opossums feed on the fruits and seeds of the hardwood forest. Lucky visitors catch glimpses of chipmunks, otters, and possibly a bobcat. Birds include red-tailed hawk, barred owl, crows mingle and more than one-hundred kinds of song birds. Wood ducks, great blue herons, and belted kingfishers can be spotted along the river. Wild turkeys are often seen in the forest. Beaver are also present. The best times to see a beaver are at dusk or dawn at the river.

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7 months ago

Nice, easy trail. Great for a quick hike with kids or dogs.

Fri Nov 30 2018

It is well marked and a nice walk

Sun Nov 11 2018

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

Sun Nov 04 2018

Very nice stroll with great views

Sat Jun 02 2018

Well marked yellow 1.2 Trail and it had 3 off- loops (red and blue) to add to add more distance

Thu Mar 01 2018

Fun hike

hiking
Wed Jan 17 2018

Beautiful easy walk!

hiking
Wed Nov 08 2017

Nice views of the river and a few decent places to hang a hammock.

hiking
Sun Jan 01 2017

A nice short loop through the woods and along the edge of the Eno River. It is easy to combine with the Bobbitt Hole Trail for an approximately three mile loop. I also added the Pea Creek and Dunnagan trails for a six mile hike. It is popular with trail runners (especially on a pretty New Year's Eve day). I saw a beautiful male (bright blue) belted kingfisher along the river here.

Sun Nov 20 2016

Pretty trail along the Eno. Hooks into the Bobbitt Hole Trail for a nice ~3 mile walk.

hiking
Sun Jan 18 2015

On a sunny winter day, we hiked this trail in addition to several others along the Eno River. Cole Mill is a nice loop along the river and through the woods and hooks up with the Bobbitt Hole Loop. Good for trail running, fishing and camping as well. Many of the Eno trails offer multiple river access points for kayaks too. We enjoyed the outing.

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