Great trail to get a mix of settings. If you take it counter-clockwise you get to go through the woods to the hole outlook and then walk along the river on the way back. Lots of people taking inner tubes and dogs down to the water. Some muddy/rooted parts but overall easy to follow. 2 mi loop was the right distance for a morning walk.

I’m an avid moderate/advanced hiker and there is a part of the trail where you are scaling some large rocks so lifting your leg 2-3 feet at a time. I think this is a moderate hike and not an easy hike, especially if it has rained recently or you are bringing a leashes dog. Beautiful though!

This is a pleasant trail. The path is surrounded by trees and grass There’s a creek and a couple of ponds. Steady foot traffic. There was a loud group when I started but eventually they stopped and the trail was quiet. Two groups of birders were looking in the trees in an open area for birds. Pleasant overall and will return.

Very wet humid day. Rained on the way to the trail head. I was told by a park ranger this was the trail to go to for lots of wild flower growth. Did not see a single wildflower. The hike was nice but a bit of a let down because I was expecting wildflowers.

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blowdown
rocky
scramble
7 days ago

This hike has it all!

great little jaunt for the day. Pretty easy, a bit of up and down but not strenuous. I intended to go farther but about 2hrs in, the trail was completely flooded and impossible to cross. lots of places to fish or swim. No bugs!

Very nice trail, was easy to socially distance, even on the Saturday before memorial day. I especially like the part by the creek, and the rock scrambling part.

To the man wondering if the dam was formed on its own or by a beaver: I saw a beaver on my walk back to the car, after we met

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bugs
13 days ago

The seclusion is what brought me to the trail as I hike to get away from the everyday. The trail is well maintained (shout out to the volunteers who keep this section of the MST maintained) and well marked. Like the previous reviewer said, you may hear a gunshot or two but keep in mind that sections of the MST runs through private land. The abandoned railroad tracks are a short walk and worth hiking to (you have to hike back towards the river along the tracks tonsee the trestle). Of course this time of year, the bugs will be out to greet you (especially since you are near the river) so make sure you wear some repellent (I highly recommend Sawyer Products repellent with pecaridin). Sections of the trail will be muddy after a rain so keep that in mind.

Tall trees along the trail. But Not always shaded.

Very rooted nice trail goes by the river

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bugs
flooded
muddy
over grown
14 days ago

The trail is very muddy after a rain storm and parts are still flooded days later. There are some rocks and wooden bridges on the path to help in the muddy areas, but more are needed, especially on the western side of the loop. It looks like they have attempted to work on the trail but left mid way through. Lots of overgrown foliage. On the plus side, very few people on the path. When trail conditions are dry, very simple nature walk, when wet it's a good workout not to fall in the mud. Strollers will have issues on this trail. Edit: they have started to build a bridge over there worst mud pit on the northwestern portion of the trail. The "bridge" by the power lines still isn't finished.

We had a great hike here. Challenging at times, but mostly very relaxing. Did spot a few venomous snakes by the water area, so keep an eye out for that. Great spot though!

Great trail for a workout. Stays next to the creek for a while and you have to climb over some rocks. Liked it a lot.

It was a nice trail, though it was hard to follow the trails sometimes, we got a little lost trying to figure out how to get back to the cars.

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rocky
scramble
18 days ago

Really fun trail. It’s a mostly rocky path with a couple of steep inclines and downhill portions. The sounds of the creek are nice to listen to while you walk. It was our first visit and sort of confusing, there are blue blazes on the trees throughout the path but some were hard to spot. A great mix of shade and sun and plenty of spots to hang out by the water. I give it 4 stars because it was a bit confusing to find an entrance and the trail markers were sort of difficult to spot.

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rocky
20 days ago

5 stars for this part of North Carolina!! A good trail around here is woods and a creek for the kids to play in. This one has the added bonus of big rocks to hop across the river and practice climbing on! Makes it worth the kind of lame gravel road to get to the trail. Really beautiful, one of our favorites in the area!

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rocky
20 days ago

Loved the trail. Would definitely rate it moderate for my 50 yr old body. Some pretty steep inclines and short distances of rocky areas. Where you see the blue dot with a blue arrow under it, you need to cross the creek and turn right to stay on trail. You will likely get you feet wet if not in dry season. You may be able to back track a little and find a better access point to cross creek. The loop around Piney Mountain is where the steepest ascents and descents are located. On the Piney Mountain Loop where the trail runs along the creek, you will have to climb across a stretch of rocks for about a hundred yards. There are eventually rocks with blue dots on them to let you know you are on the right course. Loved the trail with it’s beautiful views of the creek and large rock outcroppings despite the minor challenges. Would definitely go back.

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rocky
21 days ago

This is a beautiful trail from Penny’s Bend until about 1 mile out from West Point on the Eno. There has been construction work around this section of WP and so the last stretch of this trail is poorly marked with the need to create your own path in a field of very high weeds. I would still recommend this trail for the beauty in the rest of the trail.

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rocky
21 days ago

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