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Trail at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
Current status of park facilities   

All facilities at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area are open as of September 11.

Beginning on September 14, the park office at Eno River State Park is open from Monday to Friday, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Beginning on September 20, the park office is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office at Eno River State Park. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

 Last updated on: Friday, September 11, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area


Contact the park

This state natural area is managed by Eno River State Park. Contact the Eno River office for any inquiries:
 

919-383-1686

eno.river@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

State natural area

625 Virginia Cates Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

GPS: 36.0608, -79.1169

 

Eno River State Park office

6101 Cole Mill Road
Durham, NC 27705

GPS: 36.0783, -79.0050
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area does not have an on-site office. The hours for the Eno River park office are listed below:
     
  • November to February:

Monday to Friday:
8:30am to 4:30pm

Saturday to Sunday:
9:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • March to October:

Monday to Thursday:
8:30am to 4:30pm

Friday:
8:30am to 8:00pm

Saturday to Sunday:
9:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Hiking is the premier experience at Occoneechee Mountain. Discover challenging trails leading to points of interest such as the summit overlook, fishing ponds, an old quarry and the peaceful Eno River. All of this is enhanced by the piedmont’s changing seasons.

 


Brown Elfin Knob Trail
Location:

Description:

Side trips on the Brown Elfin Knob and Overlook trails and the summit road take you through mature oak forest and to high scenic views. The trails traverse Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron thicket and are particularly beautiful when blooming mid-Spring.


Surface:

Length:
0.10 miles
Difficulty:
Blaze:
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Chestnut Oak Trail
Location:

Description:

Surface:

Length:
0.90 miles
Difficulty:
Blaze:
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Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail
Location:

Description:

Hiking the loop around Occoneechee Mountain is an exhilarating walk over steep terrain and along the peaceful Eno River.


Surface:

Length:
2.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
Blaze:
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Occoneechee Mt. Loop Trail at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area



Overlook Trail
Location:

Description:

Side trips on the Brown Elfin Knob and Overlook trails and the summit road take you through mature oak forest and to high scenic views. The trails traverse Mountain Laurel and Rhododendron thicket and are particularly beautiful when blooming mid-Spring.


Surface:

Length:
0.10 miles
Difficulty:
Blaze:
yellow circle