Buckquarter creek is a lead-in trail for some of the other trails further down river, such as Holden’s Mill, Ridge, Shakori and Knight. It is accessed from the parking lot just south of the Ranger Station near Piper-Cox house, or from the very end loop parking area, both lead to the river at the same spot, the loop parking being just a bit further, but it passes by the swinging cable bridge, which I enjoy seeing once in a while. From the end loop lot, simply follow the trail to the right, downhill and under the bridge on the near (east) side of the river. There is a split to the left on the bluff, before you head downhill that goes to the Eno Trace Nature Trail.
At Fews Ford go into the woods downriver, across a wooden footbridge, and immediately head slightly uphill. Be careful here, as this uphill goes straight to the Ranger Station, unless you make a vear to the left, climbing the ridge line to gain elevation (an old roadbed long abandoned.) There are signs. Buckquarter Creek Trail ALSO follows the Eno downriver at the riverbank, I always save this easier hike for the return trip. As the trail crests the bluffs, it will undulate up and down following the contours of the hillside. Watch for a stone foundation on your left, what seems to be an old tobacco curing shed – it has a curious foundation footprint that suggests air venting for the drying tobacco.
It will join another old roadbed at a sawhorse, warning you to stay on trail. (The anarchist in me followed it uphill one day and found it would eventually connect with Steven Scarlett Lane, but remnants of it dissappear before it actually does today.) Not much further, you are given a choice to split to the right onto Ridge Trail, which is how you access Shakori and Knight Trails as well. In the far elbow of this trail split sits the decaying wooden cabin of Dr. Cole, especially scenic in the spring when the daffodils come in. Following the Buckquarter Creek Trail further, it will spur to the right at a wooden footbridge across it’s namesake (accessing Holden Mill Trail, and the short extension to the old Holden Mill foundations.) To stay on Buckquarter Creek Trail, continue alongside the creek until it empties into the Eno River, and follow it back to Fews Ford upriver.