Trails on the Eno River
Eno River Trail Guides
Contact Information for the Eno River Trails
Area Trails on the Eno River
Map of the Trails on the Eno River
Area Trails on the Eno River
Trails in the PUMP STATION AREA are accessed from both sides of the Eno River. The Pea Creek Trail is typically accessed from the end of Old Cole Mill Road, found at the Umstead Road/Cole Mill Road stoplight, (See COLE MILL AREA above) and you would hike under the Cole Mill Road bridge. The Dunnagan Trail is accessed most easily from the unmarked (but well-worn) street parking found on Continental Road, off Umstead Drive. Either trail can be combined with the other and accessed from either parking area. The Pump Station Trail is accessed from one of two trailheads on Rivermont Drive, off Cole Mill Road. Either trailhead goes into the trees to do this loop trail in either direction, and there is a connector trail alongside the road between both trailheads. See our separate section on how the Mountains-to-Sea/Laurel Ridge Trail traverses this section.
PEA CREEK 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.
View from this Eno River Trail

NOTICE: The Pea Creek Trail is closed until further notice. Contact the State Park for updates.

Pea Creek Trail, blazed with blue blaze circles usually is accessed from the end of Old Cole Mill Rd, found at the intersection of Umstead and Cole Mill Rd. This access does lock with varying seasonal hours - check with the Eno River State Park for times. As you face the river, the Pea Creek Trailhead is at the far left corner on a bluff following downriver, headed toward Cole Mill Rd. The trail angles down to the river, crosses under the bridge and follows a short loop trail. Alternatively, you can park on Cole Mill at the bridge, and walk down a set of wooden steps on the south side. This is generally only used if you need to hit the trail before they open, or plan to stay late, otherwise you will be locked in.

There are a few ups and downs but nothing serious. At 1.3 miles total, the return upper loop is in deeper forest. Most people add the Dunnagan Trail to this one for a longer loop. Which is found crossing the wooden bridge at the northern end of the loop. There is easy access to the other side of the river, most of the river on this trail is slow and deep. Anything can be swum, of course, but further downriver are better ways to ford.

Map of this Eno River Trail

ver. 3.1 ~ 2011-