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Umstead Park

Raleigh, NC

Umstead Park is a 16.6 mile loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake 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.

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Bobbitt Hole Trail
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577 Completed 195 Reviews

On a sunny winter day, we hiked this trail in addition to several others along the Eno River. Bobbitt Hole is accessed via the Cole Mill trail and is a loop through the woods and along the river to a deep "hole" with some nice small waterfalls at its end. Found out it's named for a man named Bobbitt who drowned there. The area is good for trail running, fishing and camping as well. Many of the Eno trails offer multiple river access points for kayaks too. We enjoyed the outing. More info on the history of the area can be found at the eno river association website: http://www.enoriver.org/events-and-activities/what-we-protecthidden-gems-of-the-eno/what-we-protecthidden-gems-of-the-enojanuary/.

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Duke Forest Trails
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

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Eno - Cox Mountain Trail
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53 Completed 26 Reviews

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Duke Forest Trails
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53 Completed 26 Reviews

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Eno River - Pump Station Trail and Laurel Bluffs Trail
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53 Completed 26 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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