Trails in the WEST POINT AREA are mostly accessed from the parking lot of the West Point on the Eno City Park off Roxboro Road. The Buffalo Trail heads off from the far southwest corner of the parking/roadway area of that park and stops at a small creek that may be difficult to cross after a heavy rain. Straight on, past the creek, is the Sennett Hole Trail which ends up at the Eno River at Sennett’s Hole. At that same creek, you can turn right (east) and follow the South River Trail back to the old West Point Mill and dam. On the north side of the river, starting at the steel pedestrian bridge near Roxboro Road, is the Eagle Trail which follows the river most of the way to Guess Road, and cuts uphill to the parking lot of the Eno River Association. Unlike these other trails, the Saw Mill Trail is not part of the city park, and is located on the northwest corner of the Eno River and Guess Road, accessed on Stacy Drive at the Red Steel Gate west of Guess Road. See our separate section on how the Mountains-to-Sea/Laurel Ridge Trail traverses this section. ( * = See Below.)
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.
FAVORITE COMBINATION TRAILS FOR LONGER HIKES IN THIS AREA:
The three trails in the West Point City Park are often done as one, and the Eagle Trail can be done as a quasi-loop by adding the river’s edge portion of the MST to it. You can further extend it by crossing under the Guess Rd. bridge and doing a portion of the Saw Mill Trail. (See warning on Sawmill Trail.)
If you have time and inclination to do most these trails in one hike, I’d start at the Buffalo Trail, extend it to Sennett’s Hole, double back to the creek and do the South River Trail to the Mill, take the pedestrian bridge over to the north side and do as much of the Eagle as you want, all the way to the end if you can, and loop back on the river-edge portion of the MST. Continue back onto the South River again, and curve back on the Laurel Bluffs, Buffalo Spur and Buffalo Trails back to your car. About 5.5 or 6.0 miles depending on your level of exploration along the way..