Company Mill Loop

MODERATE 224 reviews

Company Mill Loop is a 5.8 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
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
518 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

21 days ago

Well trafficked, but that’s ok as the loop takes you deep in the woods. Great views of the creek at the mill and “picnic rock”. I like doing the loop counter clockwise, going against the main traffic allows for more private periods. Most hikers don’t do the entire loop so you get the back 1/3 to yourself.

hiking
27 days ago

nice, easy walk. trail a little muddy and slick around the water areas.

hiking
29 days ago

Trail was slick due to snow and mud. Lots of people on the trail though.

29 days ago

WB Umstead park is a gem in the triangle. The Company Mill trail is well maintained natural trails BUT it doesn’t feel man made. Great walk through the woods with creek and small rapids along the way...sneak a little off the trail to find some great little pools. Push hard and it’s a good hike-loop.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail! Very scenic!.

hiking
2 months ago

One of my very favorite at Umstead. The dogs love it too!!

hiking
2 months ago

nice distance,wooded trail, easy to moderate. yes facilities at Harrison entrance.

3 months ago

For a city park, it is a varied and interesting hike. Does at least have some variable grades & challenges. But lots of traffic with eroded roots & rocks.

hiking
3 months ago

An easy hike with a good view of some creeks and a good trail. A few too many people on the day I went.

hiking
3 months ago

I have been hiking this trail since I was a kid! Still love it!!

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike and well kept but not very scenic. Solid workout though.

backpacking
5 months ago

Spending time hanging at the Old Mill was cool! There are large stones there that get your imagination going especially when you notice some of the smooth straight cuts in the solid stone. There no way mankind made these specific cuts. This trail has a lot of water all the way around.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a beautiful hike and I highly recommend it! We were greeted by two deer as we entered the park, a box turtle on our path and a blue heron about half way through. The path offers lovely opportunities to sit by the water and you really feel as though you are far removed from everything!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Saw lots of mushrooms, birds and frogs very challenging hike and very well marked. Light traffic today but have seen some heavier traffic days.

hiking
6 months ago

Having explored the other Umstead trails, I wanted to tackle this one. Really a mirror image of the Sycamore Trail.

6 months ago

Nice and well traveled trail. I took the kids 10 & 12 and they really enjoyed the hike. The creek was nice. It was an opportunity to take off out shoes and cool our feet before heading out. There are time you would never guess you are only a few miles from downtown.

7 months ago

Loved this loop trail - the perfect length. Saw three snakes! A little crowded but crowd was pleasant and respectful of space and pace.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice loop, not too difficult to hike, but not boring.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Great ride to finish off the day, highly recommend ride it at the entrance closest to Lake Crabtree, to your right. You can get some great speed on the way down to the creek and historic Company Mill site. Take a moment to check it out, then grind out a medium uphill grunt followed by a rocky downhill back to the fire road.

hiking
9 months ago

A wonderful, moderate hiking trail with some elevation changes. The scenery of the creeks and streams made the hike very relaxing. Lightly trafficked, a handful of people. Dog-friendly (must be leashed), some trail running possible. Pretty clearly marked; look for orange squares staked into trees to point the direction should you get lost. A fair amount of knotted roots make for staircases in the case of elevation climbs. Might be the best overall trail in the Umstead Park.

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