Pump Station Trail to Laurel Bluffs Trail

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Pump Station Trail to Laurel Bluffs Trail is a 5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Havenhill, 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.

5.0 miles
354 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

paddle sports

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wild flowers




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

11 months ago

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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

One of my favorite trails in Durham.

Saturday, April 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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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

Sunday, January 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.

trail running
Monday, October 24, 2016

My favorite stretch of the Eno

Friday, July 01, 2016

Nice Trail.

Sunday, June 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.

Thursday, September 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.

Monday, June 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

Sunday, March 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.

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