NOTE: there is an easy option to do just the Holden Mill-Buckwarter Creek trails and drop out near the parking lot. BEST HIKE FOR SCENERY: many miles along a beautiful stretch of the ENO RIVER on each bank, mature forests on the "mts.", old mill site, flood plains, wildlife-maybe a blue huron + EXERCISE: 9 miles(only 1.5 miles of backtracking) with some uphills and rocky trails: COX'S MT. LOOP(elevation gain 275'-NO LONGER THE TOUGHEST HILL IN Triangle the way we will do it ), FANNY'S FORD, BUCKWATER CREEK, HOLDEN MILL LOOP(elevation gain 250'). www.ncparks.gov to find a park to Eno.FAIRLY FIT HIKERS ONLY for distance, uphills, and rough trails. Pace will be fast, but there will be stops for lunch, to regroup, and more BRING: water-2 liters at least, lunch+snacks-we will have lunch(about 1:30-2) on a rock outcrop jutting into the river , layers for the weather, hat, maybe trek pole, camera-binocs, sturdy footware-boots best for mud-rocks and maybe some bushwhacking from Cox Mt. to Fanny's Ford , DURATION: 5 hours with lunch,stops for wildlife, nature, etc.. Looks like it will be near 70 for the hike.. You can just do 1/2 the hike and drop out very close to the QUESTIONS: send me an email with a phone #
DO NOT DEPEND ON GPS, use directions below
DIRECTIONS: I 85 EXIT 170, then take US 70 WEST for a few hundred yards to a stoplight, RIGHT at the stoplight onto PLEASANT GREEN RD. for 2.3 miles, then LEFT onto COLE MILL RD. to enter the park in about a mile-continue straight to the last parking lot.
NOTE 1: from RTP, CARY, I 40, much of RALEIGH. From I 40 TAKE NC 147-DURHAM FREEWAY NORTH TO I 85, then take I 85 SOUTH FOR 2 MILES TO EXIT 170
NOTE 2: from CHAPEL HILL, take NC 86 NORTH TO I 85, then take 185 NORTH FOR 5 MILES TO EXIT 170. You will kinda make a U Turn to get on US 70 WEST