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Pump Station Trail to Laurel Bluffs Trail

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Eno River State Park

Pump Station Trail to Laurel Bluffs Trail is a 5 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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: 5.0 miles Elevation Gain: 354 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

Eno River State Park (919) 383-1686 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705-9275 eno.river@ncparks.gov GPS: 36.0783, -79.0050 Make an Online Reservation or Call 1-877-722-6762 North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

hiking
1 month ago

rolled my ankle near the end of the trail at Guess road so I decided to walk roads back with fewer roots to trip on. great day for this! I feel great.

This was a great, dog friendly trail. Pretty easy hike and very scenic. I prefer to stay next to the river but after the pump access area, where you could wade out in the water, there wasn’t much water for quite a while. I’d come back, but probably just to stay in the grass near the water instead of hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail! Secluded. Dogs are aloud on the trail! Numerous places to stop next to the river.

Nice trail that follows the Eno river. Some rocks and stumps along the way but still a nice stroll

hiking
7 months ago

Spent almost three hours with on this trail and encountered 3 people. Great trail to unplug. Lots of spots along the river the dog to play and to hang a hammock. Will for sure hit this one again. I played w the route and ended up at almost 7 miles.

Trail was well marked and maintained. Started out at 745 am on a Sunday and didn’t see anyone until closer to 9 am! Great trail for dogs. Many spots to sit by the river and eat or let your dogs play.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail! Due to recent storms, some areas of the path was overtaken by fallen trees but was easy enough to around or over the trees. Would definitely recommend!

Heavy storms the night before but beyond some standing water in spots the trail held up well and stream crossings were tricky but manageable. This is a peaceful hike and rarely crowded. Proximity to the Eno River throughout but with separation/elevation lends to the best of both worlds for those who enjoy being by the water as well as in the woods. Climbs and descents are short and not too steep but you know you’ve worked in a few places. Just be alert to copperheads if you’ve got your pooch with you.

hiking
Thu Aug 31 2017

This is one of my favorite trails. It is lightly traveled but well maintained. It is located in the Eno State Park and is part of the North Carolina Mountain to Sea Trail (MTS). It has a short but moderate elevation gain and many beautiful vistas.

Thu Jun 29 2017

One of my favorite trails in Durham.

hiking
Sat Apr 01 2017

Great trail along the river bank. Not a lot of traffic. Foliage and terrain changes several times. Good watering holes for a doggo to swim.

hiking
Tue Feb 14 2017

We live adjacent to this trail. It never gets old.

hiking
Sun Jan 01 2017

I completed the Pump Station Loop, along with hiking a few different sections of the Laurel Bluffs Trail on a pretty New Year's Eve day. I started from the main trailhead next to the bridge over Nancy Rhodes Creek. There is room to park on the side of Rivermont Road. The loop is short and relatively flat as it heads down to the Eno River and back. The ruins of the old Durham Pump Station are fun to explore. As others have stated, Laurel Bluffs is a scenic trail that usually lets you get away from the crowds.

running
Mon Oct 24 2016

My favorite stretch of the Eno

Fri Jul 01 2016

Nice Trail.

hiking
Sun Jun 05 2016

This is a great trail especially for being in a pretty populated area. Be prepared for quite a few ascents and descents. What can I say, the name fits the trail. If you want a trail where you can rock jump and play in the river this is not the one for you, but if you want to be secluded in nature this should work. I was out on a Saturday and never pass another person on the trail. Note: it would be a great place to train for more difficult hiking. Also keep an eye on your blazes. They are the old school spray paint kind.

hiking
Thu Sep 17 2015

Well maintained with beautiful scenery. I was a little disappointed when Laurel Bluffs Trail crossed a power line and under an overpass, but one can't expect too much seclusion so close to the city. The scenery makes up for it, for the most part.

hiking
Mon Jun 08 2015

There are two parking areas along Rivermont Road for the Pump Station access. An address of 4050 Rivermont Road, Durham 27705 will get you to the main trailhead. Dirt road here. There's another access point northwest about .2 miles. The Pump Station loop is short and fairly easy. A lot of it is flat along the Eno River. The remains of the old Durham water pumping station are along the route. Continue west from the loop for a more challenging hike on the Laurel Bluffs Trail, which is also the Mountains to Sea Trail - white circle blazes. The Laurel Bluff trail from Pump Station Loop is the least traveled section in my experience. It's a steady up and down with some flat sections along the river. This is my favorite section of the trail. Note: The map on webpage (as of 6/8/15) is not the route. The trail is marked south on the other side of the Eno River

hiking
Sun Mar 08 2015

Late winter hike from the Pump Station parking area, went down along the Eno on the Laurel Bluffs Trail to the bridge where you can cross to connect with several other trails, e.g. Pea Creek and Dunnagan, then came back and completed the Pump Station Loop Trail. Great hike and nice variety - the Bluffs and Pump Station make an interesting outing.

Sun Aug 31 2014

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