Eno River State Park — Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill Trails

Hillsborough, North Carolina

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In its 40-mile run from northern Orange County through Hillsborough into Durham County and finally, now, into Falls Lake, the Eno has a personality unlike other Piedmont rivers. With its bluffs of mountain laurel and rhododendron, its rocky outcrops, and its steeper stretches suitable for white-water kayaking, the Eno is more montane than Piedmont tame. Thus, it had a fervent fan base and the city’s plan to submerge the Eno’s treasures didn’t sit well with them. An opposition group was formed; by the end of the decade, they had thwarted the reservoir and launched an effort to preserve land along the river corridor. The Eno River Association has since helped to preserve 4900 acres along the river. Of that total, 3900 acres are in the linear Eno River State Park. Perhaps the best place to get a sense of the Eno—its forested ridgelines and its rocky riverfront—is on the Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill trails, which combine to form a 4.1-mile figure-eight loop.
100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

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100 Classic Hikes in North Carolina

by Joe Miller (The Mountaineers Books)

In its 40-mile run from northern Orange County through Hillsborough into Durham County and finally, now, into Falls Lake, the Eno has a personality unlike other Piedmont rivers. With its bluffs of mountain laurel and rhododendron, its rocky outcrops, and its steeper stretches suitable for white-water kayaking, the Eno is more montane than Piedmont tame. Thus, it had a fervent fan base and the city’s plan to submerge the Eno’s treasures didn’t sit well with them. An opposition group was formed; by the end of the decade, they had thwarted the reservoir and launched an effort to preserve land along the river corridor.

The Eno River Association has since helped to preserve 4900 acres along the river. Of that total, 3900 acres are in the linear Eno River State Park. Perhaps the best place to get a sense of the Eno—its forested ridgelines and its rocky riverfront—is on the Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill trails, which combine to form a 4.1-mile figure-eight loop.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Hillsborough
Distance: 4.1
Elevation Gain: 435 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 to 2 hours
Season: Best in Spring, summer, fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Eno River State Park — Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

10/29/2017
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Eno State Park is very pretty this time of year. These trials are moderate level due to a couple of rocks to climb over and small creek crossing. My family and I enjoyed our hike and the staff is very nice. Total miles we hiked was 4.7 and well worth it.


7/19/2008
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My favorite of the Eno River Trails.



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