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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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Pump Station Trail
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12 Completed 12 Reviews

Pump Station is a basic loop trail that can be used to access the Laurel Bluff Trail going east or west. The loop itself is about half flat along the river and the rest is either a dirt roadbed or single track trail. The trail leads to the old Durham water pumping station built in the 1880's. The remains of the building an outbuilding can be explored. This is a good place to bring kids, but they have to be supervised as the ruins have some drops. There are two trailheads for this loop, both on Rivermont Road - the unpaved sections. The trail is fairly well marked and easy to navigate.

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Eno - Cox Mountain Trail
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12 Completed 12 Reviews

The best short steep climb in the park on this trail. Best if you have proper footwear and are in good shape. There's bench halfway up. You can also approach from the "back" of Cox Mountain and climb up this way. The back side climb is longer, but not as steep. Outside of the mountain itself, a fair bit of the route is along the river - rocky, but mostly flat. Look for a rock wall that was once part of a dam for the Holden Mill site across the river. You access the Fanny's Ford trail along this route.

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Eno River - Pump Station Trail and Laurel Bluffs Trail
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12 Completed 12 Reviews

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

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American Tobacco Trail
by Sam Garland

6 Completed 4 Reviews

This trail is just what you'd expect. A wide, paved multi-use path that winds through the woody, populated neighborhoods. Its surroundings are lush and there's lots of other folks around. The whole thin is totally level, and best for putting in lots of miles in one go.

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Dunnagan Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice views of river as well as some geocaching and a view of a cemetery with interesting history

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Bobbitt Hole Trail
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676 Completed 207 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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Cole Mill Trail
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676 Completed 207 Reviews

On a sunny winter day, we hiked this trail in addition to several others along the Eno River. Cole Mill is a nice loop along the river and through the woods and hooks up with the Bobbitt Hole Loop. 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.

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Duke Forest Trails
by Azmia Knisztina

3 Completed 1 Reviews

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Eno Trace Trail
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54 Completed 30 Reviews

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Eno - Cox Mountain Trail
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54 Completed 30 Reviews

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