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Occoneechee river trail is hazardous   

The trail along the river at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area is quite hazardous, with mud and debris. We do not recommend hiking this trail.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Occoneechee now open   

Although we have opened our gates, the following cautions apply: The riverside trails have been underwater for days. The water is receding, but these trails are exceedingly muddy, with lots of debris. We do not reccomend hiking on these trails. The trails that do not run beside the river will be in much better condition. Please be careful while in the park!

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
New Emergency Phone Numbers!   

Please note that the new Emergency Standby number for the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area rangers is 919-616-1832.

 Posted on: Friday, April 13, 2018
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
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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.

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0.10 miles
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Chestnut Oak Trail
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0.90 miles
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Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail
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Hiking the loop around Occoneechee Mountain is an exhilarating walk over steep terrain and along the peaceful Eno River.

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2.20 miles
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Occoneechee Mt. Loop Trail at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area
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Overlook Trail
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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.

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0.10 miles
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Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

625 Virginia Cates Road
HillsboroughNC 27278
Phone919-383-1686
eno.river@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 36.060835
Longitude: -79.116900

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November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, October, and September: 8am - 8pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area does not have an office. Please contact the office at Eno River State Park for information at 919- 383-1686.