Long Trails of the Triangle: Eno River Section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Distance: 12.5 miles
Surface: Natural, singletrack
Family friendliness: Most of the trail is in Eno River State Park, a portion is in West Point on the Eno, a Durham city park, and all is maintained by the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, making for an experience more safe than you typically find in the woods.
Vibe: There are several on this section, which is divided into five day hikes. On the east end, starting from Penny’s Bend, the trail begins in a bluff area, then follows a floodplain up through West Point on the Eno city park. Past Guess Road the trail begins taking on quick ups and downs as the Eno takes on more mountainous characteristics. There’s the Eno Quarry, there’s passage through a bluff of tight rhododendrons and finally there’s the Pleasant Green Access, where the trail currently takes a hiatus before continuing upstream.
Note: Ten miles of this section — from West Point on the Eno city park upstream to the Pleasant Green Access of Eno River State Park — are finished. The remaining 2.5 miles, from Penney’s Bend upstream to West Point, should be wrapped up this summer.
More info: Visit the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail website for detailed descriptions, with maps, of four of five day hikes making up this section.