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Umstead Park

Raleigh, NC

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Umstead Park is a 16.6 mile loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for mountain biking & walking.

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Eno - Cox Mountain Trail
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48 Completed 21 Reviews

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Duke Forest Trails
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48 Completed 21 Reviews

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Eno River - Pump Station Trail and Laurel Bluffs Trail
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48 Completed 21 Reviews

The Pump Station Trail is a fairly easy loop that connects to the more strenuous out and back Laurel Bluffs Trail. There is no parking lot, but there are a couple of places on the side of Rivermont Rd to leave your car. Near the Guess Rd end of Laurel Bluffs are some remains of the Guess Mill and an old hunting lodge.

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Eno River
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

A good map of the trails can be found here: http://enotrails.com/
I had no problems with ticks or other critters and insects as others stated.
The Eno River trails are well maintained and marked and most of the trails are relatively easy to traverse for most ages if you stay on trails that hug the river. Once you traverse the trails that go away from the river, you'll experience more elevation changes but nothing too severe.
Section 1 of the Eno River trails is by far the most popular with campsites, picnic tables and bbq pits, drinking water, swimming, some fishing, old cabins, suspension bridge and old mill site. This section is at the end of Cole Mill Rd. You can choose between several loop trails here or combine them for a longer hike.
Section 2 will lead you to an abandoned quarry filled with water which is popular with the kids for swimming. Other than the quarry, this section is less traveled and is an in and out trail.
Section 3 & 4 are nice. North river trails are nicer with more loops and some camping with more crowds. South river trails are less traveled and fewer loops.
Section 4 is an easy hike with some poor trail markings around the loops. Least favorite part of the trails for me.
Section 5 - didn't hike this section as it's too close to residential/city areas for my liking.

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New Hope Creek
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The main trail is horrible, for Duke Forest found it more important to gravel everything for their 4-
wheel drives and to clear-cut along the main "trail," than to preserve a natural environment. That being said, however, if you can locate the side single tracks along New Hope Creek, there are a number of worthwhile climbing moments....Also, whenever there are rains that bring New Hope Creek up for kayaking, it is one of the best class 3 runs around!

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Eno - Cox Mountain Trail
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

This is a nice loop trail that is well maintained. Trail is pretty flat along river but will have elevation changes as you move away from the river which can be challenging for those not in very good shape. Trails can get busy if weather is nice.

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Eno River
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

Lovely, easy, family friendly walking trails. I came out with about twenty ticks on me, so beware!

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Eno - Cox Mountain Trail
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4 Completed 2 Reviews

Great trail along with a nice short hill to do hill repeats on.

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Eno - Cox Mountain Trail
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice 3.75 mile loop through the woods and along the river. Halfway through is a good place to sit along the river on a large rock to have lunch or a snack.

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American Tobacco Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a great ride for Rails to trails enthusiasts. The best section is the southern part. The best place to start is on the Scott King road or at the Herndon Park nearby. From here you get a nice ride for 12.5 miles to where the trail begins in Wake County making for a 25 mile round trip. The trail surface starts as tar and changes to a hard packed clay that is in some ways better than the tar. There are Alena waterless bathrooms at mile 0 and Herndon Park as well as about halfway along the trail. The northern leg of the trail is OK but has many busy road crossings and less scenic. The two sections are still no connected so you have to do out and back on both sections. My five star rating is for the southern section only. I would only rate the northern section as 3 stars.

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