Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail

Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area, North Carolina
Elevation Gain1,327ft
Trailhead Elevation652ft
Elevation Min/Max504/751ft
Elevation Start/End652/652ft

Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail

Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Orange County, North Carolina. It is within Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 652 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,327 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. Brown Elfin Knob (elevation 768 feet) can be seen along the trail. There are also benches along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Overlook Trail, Brown Elfin Knob Trail and Chestnut Oak Trail.

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Chapel Hill, NC
Pathfinder | 60 pts
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A nice hike. It was a little muddy in areas today but this is a great hike. The elevation isn’t tough but I would say it requires some fitness level. We saw some nice woodpeckers and a red shouldered hawk.
Explorer | 30 pts
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Really enjoyed this trail. As an older couple it was a good work-out for us. Especially enjoyed the strip along the trail that borders the beautiful Eno River. Will definitely do it again.

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"Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, at only 190 acres, is one of the smallest units in the North Carolina State Parks system. Its rewards, however, are immeasurable for the natural beauty offered amid one of the state’s biggest urban areas—the Triangle region of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill."
"This hike takes place at one of the most significant plant and animal communities in the greater Triangle. The trek circles Occoneechee Mountain, first exploring its vast oak stands on the south slope. Next, visit the Eno River and its aquatic splendor. Make a side trip to a quarry then ascend the north slope to a vista. Pass by rare butterfly habitat before descending past fishing ponds and returning to the trailhead."
"Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area may be small at 124 acres, but it also may be the most biologically diverse 124 acres in the Piedmont. You’ll come to appreciate this fact, traveling through all five of the mountain’s distinct eco zones on the 1.76-mile Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail."
Joshua Kinser
"The 190-acre Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area is 10 miles northwest of Durham and offers more than 4 miles of hiking trails. The main trail in the park is the Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail. This route goes around the base of the mountain and passes the spur Summit Trail, which leads to the summit of Occoneechee Mountain, the highest point in Orange County and the site of one of the most important natural areas in the Triangle. This spur leaves the steep climb to the summit as an option, but it is highly recommended and offers spectacular views of the surrounding rolling landscape."
Peter Reylek and Lauren Reylek
"This rugged loop trail takes you to all four corners of Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. The trail begins with a scenic hike winding up and down the mountain, with views of the surrounding forests and pyrophyllite mine. Lovely groves of rhododendron and mountain laurel make this one of the most unique hikes in the area."

Trail Information

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Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area
Eno River State Park, 6101 Cole Mill Rd., Durham, NC 27705; (919) 383-1686; www.ncparks.gov
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