Cox Mountain Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hillsborough, North Carolina that features a river 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: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 367 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

historic site

The trail is great for a day hike and offers places to camp and launch canoes.

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muddy
2 days ago

Couldn’t have been happier with this trail this morning. Since parks recently opened due to corona, I expected this trail to be packed especially having a hard time finding a parking spot, but I was wrong! Perhaps because this trial is moderate it incline and skill level, kept it clear. And of course a bit muddy since we’ve had so much rain- but not hazardous. Absolutely loved it. Wide enough to share the trails walking with my dog or, with a friend side by side.

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rocky
3 days ago

I’m from Florida, so this was a completely different terrain for me. I drove an hour & a half to hike the trail (from where I was staying). Absolutely magical, very glad I made the drive. A lot of neat fallen trees to explore, but non blocking the trail (well maintained). Lots of shade. It is very muddy, make sure you have proper shoes. Beautiful trees, river, creeks, and wildlife to be observed.

hiking
6 days ago

A very shaded trail for the most part. We did see three snakes on our trip. Some of the views were beautiful and well worth the trip.

hiking
10 days ago

Enjoyed this hike, moderately trafficked in the beginning but lost the crowd on the way up. Mostly shaded.

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rocky
16 days ago

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muddy
2 months ago

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2 months ago

This is a moderate trail that features a swinging bridge over the Eno River, pleasant riverside and creekside trails, easy climbs along ridges and switchbacks up Cox Mountain. Very wooded, both pines and hardwoods. I love this trail: even though it's just 15 minutes from downtown Durham (and Cox Mountain is not really tall enough to be a mountain), you feel like you are in the mountains. You can see heron and kingfishers by the river; mushrooms in the woods. There are several old cabin sites, including the homesite of Fanny Breeze, who was a late 19th/early 20th century midwife -- a woman of color who helped birth many babies in the area. Depending on your gait, it takes anywhere from 75 to 100 minutes. Most people park at the far lot to get to the swinging bridge, but I prefer the trail from the middle lot (trailhead is off the middle lot driveway, before you actually get to the lot). (Note: The original Cox Mtn Trail charged straight up the hill on old logging roads. This is an improved, re-routed footpath completed in the mid-late 2010's. A vast improvement, and a bit longer now. AllTrails has not yet added the northern re-route -- along the Eno -- to the trail.)

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rocky
2 months ago

muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
3 months ago

Unfortunately we hiked this trail 2 days after a storm so the trail was muddy and parts were more or less washed out. This was moderate difficulty as far as terrain goes however the navigation was frustrating since there was basically no markings.

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muddy
3 months ago

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muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful day for this loop trail! River shimmering, path covered with fall leaves and almost has the place to ourselves! One of my favorites!!

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rocky
4 months ago

This trail was very nice with some great by the river spots. The trail had lots of leaves, and some were covering large rocks. If you want to go on this trail, I suggest stable boots/sneakers so you don’t twist or sprain anything. It was mostly flat, but some of it was on a hill. There were lots of dogs, and a wide path for walking with groups. When you enter the trail, there was a wobbly bridge over the water but it was still stable. Overall, it was a pretty trail that wasn’t too hard but made you exercise. I would definitely recommend!

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muddy
rocky
5 months ago

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muddy
5 months ago

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5 months ago

Me encantó!! Buen ejercicio y vistas preciosas!!!

6 months ago

Ran this yesterday and it was a great run. So much better than pounding pavement. :)

hiking
6 months ago

Did this yesterday- November 10th- never realized there were such lovely long trails at Eno River State Park. I’m a lover of mountains and usually travel long distances for beautiful walking and hiking. But I am delighted with this sweet trail. It will be a regular while I’m in town. Thank you!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Great hike....best in the Triangle!

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty, easy, friendly folks and all the dogs on leashes. For what more could a girl ask?

hiking
8 months ago

Lots of families and dogs on this hike. Some swimming and fishing spots when along the river depending on the height the water line. Be careful not to confuse the the purple circles of the Fanny Farms trail with the blue circles of the Cox Mountain Trail.

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bugs
8 months ago

camping
8 months ago

Great trail to get back into backpacking/camping. It is definitely a beginner trail with slight elevation. Overall it was a nice trail, with some great views and I would definitely come back!

hiking
8 months ago

A great trail! Varied terrain, free of obstructions, well marked -- although the signs don't indicate distances. It is rocky, but I wouldn't say that there are any scrambles per se (as indicated in at least one other review) - there is nothing you can't easily walk across. Most of the rocks are small and jagged - mainly a note of caution for runners. The steepest part is the section leading down to the foot bridge, and it's not too long. The ascent across the river has some good elevation, but a curving path to ease the climb.

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rocky
8 months ago

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