Company Mill Loop is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake 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.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

historic site

Peace within the city, exciting iron bridge, historic dam ruins The Company Mill Trail can be surprisingly tranquil for it proximity to the capitol city. Approximately 25 minutes into the hike Crabtree Creek appears, which is where the Company Mill site existed back in the early 1800's. Remnants of the old dam are visible on both sides. Crossing an iron bridge, you begin the trail's loop section. Heading right, the trail follows the creek before walking up a short series of terraced steps. The views at the top will be minimal during the summer months. Continuing on, crossing the bike and bridle trail, takes you to a kiosk with information on the destructive impact of the Southern Pine Beetle. A sharp left keeps you on the trail, along Sycamore Creek. This back half of the loop can be very muddy and slick after a good rain. A slight elevation gain via a pair of switchbacks leads across the bridle trail once more. The remainder of the trail is easy hiking with very slight ups and downs. Follow along the creek to the bridge.

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rocky
23 hours ago

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over grown
rocky
washed out
3 days ago

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rocky
4 days ago

Nice hike. It can be crowded later in the day. It was definitely muddy today but we had 3-5 inches of rain this week.

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muddy
4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Great trail, little crowded for the first 1 mile trail

hiking
5 days ago

Great trail, not challenging. And heavy traffic. But will go again.

Might be a short trail, but a great variety of elevation changes that isn't too difficult. Easy to complete in 3 hours or less, which makes it great for later afternoon hikes during the summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice loop with some small elevation gains.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice loop with some small elevation gains.

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rocky
2 months ago

Loved it

running
2 months ago

This is a great trail run. There are portions that are along the river. It’s not easy because of the hills but is well worth the effort.

hiking
2 months ago

Wait for the summer trees. During this time of year, you’re just going to be aimlessly trekking through dirt trails and dry, greenless trees. The river/creeks have a musky, dirty look to them and the trail is overpacked. This trail offers not much beyond some lengthy fresh air

hiking
2 months ago

Other than Lake Johnson, this is the only trail I have hit in NC so far. I can imagine this being a really pretty walk in fall or spring. Would be a tough trail RUN, but will try sometime soon! Travels along water a good distance. Fun little 2.5 hours.

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rocky
2 months ago

Fun hike, mostly flat, a little up and down, but nothing steep. Looking down the whole time at all the rocks and roots.

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3 months ago

Worth the drive down from Durham, and a nice change of pace from Eno hikes. Enough other people hiking on this warm February afternoon to not feel isolated, but nonetheless not crowded. I had to pick someone up at airport, so chopped almost a mile off by taking forest road off trail midway through.

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail but many tree roots on the ground so watch your step. I would hike it again.

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rocky
3 months ago

Great trail

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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rocky
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Fun trail! Got wrecked pretty hard from the storm the other week. But still very enjoyable!

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muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy hike and great way to spend an afternoon. The most challenging aspect for us was watching your step because there are a lot of tree roots. The trail was well-marked and easy to follow. It was nice to see the path being well maintained after a recent storm, with many blow-downs cleared. Enjoyed sharing the day with a lot if other hikers, runners, kids, dogs, all enjoying themselves on the loop.

hiking
3 months ago

A lot of downed trees after the storm this week. Seems the park has moved the ones that completely block the trail, others you just navigate around. Great trail! Challenging- Fitbit says 70 floors walked.

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