Bobbit’s Hole can be accessed from the parking area at the end of the Old Cole Mill Rd., found at the corner of Cole Mill Rd and Umstead. Many years ago, this was the original Cole Mill roadbed across the Eno River. Bobbit’s Hole must be combined with the Cole Mill Trail to get to it. I recommend doing it counter-clockwise so your final hiking is done along the River. Find the bathrooms half-way down the parking area – the trailhead goes west into the woods at this point on the Cole Mill Trail.
It wanders in the woods in a northwesterly direction, swings back around southwesterly, and you are presented with a trail split. The left split goes to the river and is how you complete only the Cole Mill Trail. Bobbitt Hole Trail continues in a generally westerly direction, then swings southerly as it passes some developed Campsites. Sites 6,7, and 8 are split to the left first, and a little further after crossing Piper Creek (often dry) you can split right to go to 9 and 10. (1 through 5 are in the Fanny’s Ford Area.)
When you finally hit the river, turn right to continue on a short spur to the actual Bobbitt’s Hole, a popular swimming and fishing spot. The trail officially stops at the wooden bench, but it continues on a short distance to an upper swimming beach with a good sandy access. Social Trails continue on the river upstram but are mainly used by locals who live nearby. A connection to the Dunnagan Trail is rumored, but unconfirmed at this point. (Stay tuned!)
NOTE: All trails marked with an asterisk (*) require access to it from another trail. Consult the maps to determine how best to reach this trail, or read the trail description for options and recommended combined trails. Mileages given here ADD to the distance required to access the trail from another.