All trails in the OCCONEECHEE AREA (Excluding Riverwalk) are contained within the Occoneechee Mountain State Park southwest of downtown Hillsborough off Orange Grove Road. Take Virginia Cades road past two small fishing lakes and park in the designated parking lot. Trails in this area are: Occoneechee Mountain Trail which goes completely around the high bluffs that make up this park; Overlook Trail which spurs off from the north side and skirts past an impressive overlook before meeting the Summit Trail to the peak (The actual peak belongs to the Orange County as is used to a communications tower and abandoned lookout – This Summit trail to the lookout towers is now closed to the public, with a large sign proclaiming it is for Authorized Personnel Only); the Chestnut Oak Trail which is brand new and cuts across the entire park east-west on the high ridgeline; and the Brown Elfin Knob Trail which explores the bluffs on the east side of the park. ( * = See Below.)
NEW Hillsborough Riverwalk Trail
The town of Hillsborough has recently created a RIVERWALK trail that starts at Gold Park in western Hilsborough and ends east of River Park near Churton Street. It is fully paved for most of it, except for a smooth-packed dirt section at the far east side that will eventually connect with the Speedway Trails. Even that is doable by bicycle, wheelchair or stroller.
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.