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Cox Mountain Trail

MODERATE 270 reviews
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Cox Mountain Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Durham, 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: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 472 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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

recorded Cox Mountain Trail

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rocky
7 days ago

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rocky
21 days ago

It's been awhile since we did this trail and it is now very different. The steep initial climb looks to have been washed out over the years and has been remapped to a much more winding and easier climb. I believe this trail is now longer than it originally was but the climbs are less intense so the overall exhaustion factor is about the same.

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rocky
1 month ago

Beautiful and peaceful trail! The area is very well kept, and the scenery is beautiful! It took me about 1 hour and 20 minutes to walk the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the 2nd trail I've done in this park, and it's one of the prettiest parks ever. A Good level of difficulty, beautiful terrain, and very clean. The trail is rocky at times, but not terrible.

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scramble
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

We went after 6, and there were a TON of lightning bugs along the trail!! We took the puppy and he loved it too, except the suspension bridge! Wear good shoes - lots of rocks and roots that can easily trip you up. Great scenery, but definitely a "moderate" trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Truly enjoyed spending time with my boys on this scenic hike.

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bugs
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

cox mt trail has changed its route some from last year, I believe. I added fannys ford loop this go round to add another bit to the hike. saw several snakes, none dangerous.

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Loved it. We clocked in a little over 4 miles and loved the water/bridge. Will be back!

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rocky
4 months ago

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muddy
5 months ago

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muddy
6 months ago

Good hike, beautiful water. Good rocks. Pet friendly, saw a lot of dogs. A bit muddy; varies based on conditions, but takes a long time to dry out.

hiking
6 months ago

Due to recent weather the trail was a bit slippery in places but loved the parts along the river. Should be beautiful in the spring and fall. Agree that it should be ranked “Easy” not “Moderate”.

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muddy
6 months ago

This was a nice trail and I added in the Fanny Ford trail to complete it. Was very slippery down by the river, so watch the mud. It looks like it is nearly dry but very slick. Enjoyed the hike. Ice on the ground but the weather was perfect!

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muddy
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

A beautiful hike with numerous changes of scenery. A great way to start a fall day.

hiking
8 months ago

Rated four stars for the views, it’s nice to walk along the river for so long. But it’s a very easy trail, definitely not moderate. Only a few climbs, everything else is flat, wide trails. I think I’ll do a little trail running next time.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail is a nice, light exercise with some great views of the Eno. If you live nearby it's certainly worth an outing!

walking
9 months ago

This trail is well worthy of its intermediate rating, as it has some pretty grueling switchbacks. lots of uneven terrain and loose material. and some slightly treacherous downslopes. But you do get some nice vistas, the power lines kinda take away some, but still nice. Bits of advice: Take Your Time! Also either carry a camel back or bring a gallon of water, because you WILL need it. Dehydration is no joke, it's early symptoms are subtle, but it gets bad quick, headache is a clear sign that you are not drinking enough. take lots of breaks and drink plenty of water. When you get back to your vehicle it's a good idea to have a Gatorade or Powerade, you need to replenish those lost electrolytes.

hiking
9 months ago

nice trail. we hiked it. it was more of a walk in the woods next to a river than a hike, but it was a morning well spent. I would rate it as easy instead of moderate. this would be a GREAT trail for running. I would run on it every day if I lived near by.

10 months ago

Nice trail! 5 miles with the Fanny Ford extension - which is a must for the beautiful water views!

hiking
11 months ago

Good workout trail! It’s well maintained and it was moderately trafficked by people (and dogs on a leash) Go early (park opens at 7:00am) the parking lot will fill after 9:00am...

trail running
Saturday, June 16, 2018

Great loop! My dog loved the Eno river running along the trail so she could jump in when she got too hot. The signs and blazes make it easy to follow. Wonderful spot!

hiking
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Beautiful walk along the Eno river. Good hills. Nice hike.

hiking
Thursday, May 17, 2018

A recent relocation and upgrade has helped turn this good trail into a great one. Gone are the super-steep climbs and descent from the peak of Cox mountain, replaced now with more gradual and less worn new trail. My guess is the relo has added about .3 miles to the original, but it is all great trail. Highly recommended!

hiking
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Highly recommend. Beautiful, very clean and well shaded.

hiking
Thursday, April 19, 2018

Nice trail. Turtles on logs in river. Mileage does not include fanny ford extension shown on red trail map. Easy to leave off with short connector trail. Quite a bit up and down. Rough terrain. Suggest older hiker like me (73) use sticks and good hiking boots.

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