Trails on the Eno River
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Area Trails on the Eno River
OCCONEECHEE MTN. AREA
All trails in the OCCONEECHEE AREA 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.)

FAVORITE COMBINATION TRAILS FOR LONGER HIKES IN THIS AREA:
This is such a small park that you could easily do all the trails, or a combination of loops and figure-eight's to take in much of the trail system in on afternoon hike. I recently did a large figure-eight encompassing all of these trails in less than 6 miles.

KINGS HIGHWAY PARK TRAIL: 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.
The Kings Highway Park is a City of Hillsborough Park, located on Ben Johnson Road at the location where the city operates a reservoir for the City's water supply. There is a dirt road pulloff for parking, and trails run on both sides of the road. The trails are not well blazed and often overgrown but easy enough to follow. It basically makes a large loop encompassing both sides of the road. If you are adventurous, cross north of the Southern Railway Tracks and head north to find the well-secreted Quarry where all of Duke University's Stone for their buildings have been quarried since the 1930's. It is officially part of Duke Forest and not indicated on maps. It is also labeld as not open to the public on some University maps, but no signs I found indicate it as being closed to the public. It is easily found on Google Aerial Maps found here: http://goo.gl/maps/pJjA8 - pan out from this closeup, and find Kings Highway Park south of it. Hundreds of Pallets of Blue Duke Stone is staged for delivery, with open veins of stone seen in the hillsides. Makes for a fun bushwhack.
 
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