Company Mill Loop

MODERATE 140 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
738 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

trail running
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hiking
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hiking
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hiking
17 days ago

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

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hiking
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mountain biking
1 month 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.

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
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hiking
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Several elevation changes, lots of tree roots, good shade cover. If you take the Inspiration loop, watch carefully for the trail markers. Our group of 18 managed to get briefly lost, but recovered by backtracking.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail close to home!

1 month ago

hiking
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walking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful scenery.