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Cox Mountain Trail

MODERATE 360 reviews
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Cox Mountain Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately 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: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 472 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

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

hiking
muddy
7 days ago

hiking
15 days ago

I loved!! Good exercise and beautiful views !!!

27 days ago

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

hiking
1 month 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
1 month ago

Great hike....best in the Triangle!

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 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.

hiking
bugs
3 months ago

camping
3 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
3 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.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

recorded Cox Mountain Trail

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

hiking
rocky
4 months 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.

hiking
rocky
4 months 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
5 months 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.

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

hiking
rocky
6 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
6 months ago

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

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

hiking
7 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.

hiking
muddy
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

hiking
muddy
9 months ago

hiking
muddy
10 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
10 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”.

hiking
muddy
10 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!

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

hiking
Fri Dec 07 2018

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

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