The DUMONT TRAIL is a self-named trail that is quite evident but un-blazed. It is accessed at the Eno River State Park road entrance found at the corner of Dumont Rd and Oak Knob Drive. Dumont Drive, which is found between Lawrence Rd and Pleasant Green Rd on St. Mary Rd. makes a sharp corner at that intersection, with the park gate angling off where they meet with enough room to park, but I’d suggest a drop-off here. If you do park, leave room for a Park Ranger’s vehicle to get through. Follow the old dirt fire road south, it goes down at first, but then turns uphill to the left. Where you come to a fork in the road, the straight-ahead fork goes another 200 yards and ends at an old house foundation – mothing much else. The right fork, leads you downhill to the river. At the river turn left and follow the riverbank to a point where it connects with Holden’s Mill Trail. None of these trails have established names, so lacking evidence of names not yet uncovered, I am calling the trail from the parking lot, to the river, and then left to Holden’s Mill, the Dumont Trail. This could be a shorter access to the old Holden Mill, and is also the beginning of the GRAND ENO RIVER BACKPACKING TRAIL.
CAUTION: All trails involving what I’m calling bushwhacks, are not sanctioned by the State Parks or Eno River Association authorities, but being Public Lands on State Property, are accessible to the public for exploration. These trails are NOT patrolled or maintained. Use at your own risk with a hiking buddy.