Explore the most popular birding trails near Hillsborough with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It is an easy walk most of the trail, but there are some cool stuff along the way, like a huge bee hotel!

I can't thank you enough for posting this! I would never have been bold enough to go through the textile mill parking lot, or past the bogus sign at the state park that warns to get permission to enter private property (the segment of trail it is in front of is actually still all on state land -- I think side trails do extend onto private property but not the main trail). This trail is a great way to connect the state park trails with the riverwalk, and you can add even more hiking at the speedway for added fitness.

Nice, peaceful, easy walk

hiking
5 months ago

Really well kept trail. Started off wanting to do cox mountain but went counterclockwise and missed the turn off for the rest of the trail ...just follow the signs!!! Was a nice short trail with a really neat bridge. I may take my kids next time. Would recommend

Easy walk along the Eno River. Part of the walk is paved and very easy to walk.

A way of extending Occoneeche Mountain Park with a pleasant easy river walk.

on Holden's Mill Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Nice moderate hike with plenty of river time for the dogs.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a beautiful hike along the river. It was more difficult than I had thought (some climbing over rocks.) There is a long uphill climb, but it wasn't too strenuous.

Good easy trail along the river.

Nice moderate hike with good cardio in short 10 minute elevation change.

hiking
11 months ago

Crowded Memorial Day at Eno River State Park, yet still open trail along the Buckquarter Creek Trail loop. Start from the Few’s Ford parking lot - the first parking lot on the right as you enter the park at the end of Cole Mill road. Take the road down by the Piper-Cox Museum to Few’s Ford and take a right upriver. The river has deposited logs and other debris due to flooding along the trail, but the trail is still in pretty good shape. I stayed left on the trail along the river going out. Beautiful view of the rapids near the platform stairs and walking next to the river. Slightly muddy due to rainstorm the night before, the trail takes you by the Holden Mill Trail bridge. From there the trail leaves the river and heads inland to the Ridge Trail, which I took to combine with the Shakori Trail for a 4 mile RT. Took the high side of the Buckquarter Creek Trail coming back, which takes you up the bluff from the river. Really nice hike.

nature trips
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

nice, easy paved trail with views of the Eno River. good for kids, strollers, dogs on leashes

Saturday, April 01, 2017

Great trail and camping area. Trail follows Eno River then loops back. Often quiet (except beautiful weekends). You need to cross a somewhat difficult and shaky footbridge to access trail. Definitely worth a try!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Great dog walking trail

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Interesting scenery of the old mill. Trail not in great shape and some huge boulders block the path

hiking
Sunday, March 05, 2017

A beautiful trail.

walking
Friday, December 30, 2016

Walking the puppies

walking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

One of my favorite escapes in the entire Piedmont, this trail meanders through forest and meadows. It passes by a stately Federal-era plantation house and comes within a few feet of the Old Trading Path used by Native Americans and European settlers hundreds of years ago. My favorite thing to do here is picnic by a pond that offers picturesque hills covered with majestic hardwoods in the background.

hiking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

A 3-mile paved trail along the scenic Eno River takes you from Gold Park to the historic Occoneechee Speedway. The speedway is now mostly forest containing three miles of dirt trails and glimpses of the old NASCAR racetrack infrastructure. There is easy access to the trail at several locations including the historic downtown and farmers market that is open on Saturday mornings. The trail also serves as a section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

hiking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

Nice little loop, hiked in mid summer. Would go back in fall to see the leaves changing.

hiking
Monday, March 28, 2016

Great in the fall. Nice walk along the river. Then loop back on higher ground.

hiking
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Holden Mill Trail is four miles only if you include the portion of the Buckquarter Creek Trail you need to travel on to access it. The actual loop is 2.6 miles. Although pretty, I tend to avoid the section along the river because it's rocky and can be slippery when wet. I stick to the hilly portion. You will want to take the final loop portion to the actual mill site which is signed. The mill's water raceway and many stone walls are intact.

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2012

This was a nice little loop, the only problem was that it was 109 F and I didn't bring any water which was a silly mistake to make. In my defense I thought I was walking the Eno Trace Trail which is only 0.5 miles. The Buckquarter Creek trail is a great trail, you can see the river, and you get to see some great wooded areas as well as a nice vista from a hill that over looks the valley the Eno River is in. I wanted to check out the other trails in the Eno River State Park but didn't have enough time. If you have an iPhone I would also recommend downloading the North Carolina State Park Pocket Ranger app. It has a lot of great info and maps as well.

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