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.)
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.
Buffalo Trail is there for one reason – to get you to the creek you have to cross over to start the Sennett Hole Trail. It seems to be following an old roadbed for most of it, wide and gradual the whole way. In that far southwest corner of the West Point parking lot, you’ll cross a wooden footbridge into a picnic area, turn sharp right to access the head of the trail.
Not far into the trail, on the right, you’ll see a spur trail, called Buffalo Spur, which connects to the Laurel Cliffs Nature Trail. Continuing due west on the Buffalo, at the far end, you’ll find Warren Creek, which at high water must be forded in the water, but in dry spells can be hopped across on rocks.
Beyond that is Sennett’s Hole Trail, and to the right is South River Trail.