Trails on the Eno River
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Area Trails on the Eno River
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Area Trails on the Eno River
Trails in the COX MOUNTAIN AREA are generally accessed from parking areas at the very end of Cole Mill Road, northwest of the intersection where it crosses Pleasant Green Road. Three separate parking areas exist inside the Eno River State Park on Cole Mill Rd., the Ranger Station, the upper parking area immediately past the Ranger Station, and the loop parking area at the very end. To the left of the Ranger Station is a trail that heads to the Eno River. From there, or the more convenient and preferred upper parking area just to the left (southwest) of that, you'll hit Few's Ford. Buckquarter Creek Trail climbs up the ridge upriver from there, leaves the river and follows an old roadbed to a point where the Ridge Trail splits off to the right. Ridge Trail meets the Knight Trail and then after a tricky rock crossing of upper Buckquarter Creek you find the Shakori Trail up Buckquarter Creek.

At Buckquarter Creek, (also accessed on the return section of the Buckquarter Creek Trail that runs directly along the river) there are remnants of a small footbridge to the Holden Mill Trail, and a short extension to the old mill remnants. This bridge was destroyed in recent flooding and may not be rebuilt. There is also a self-named and unblazed access to the west end of Holden Mill Trail called Dumont Trail found off Dumont Rd. If you park at the very end of Cole Mill at the loop parking area, you more easily access the short Eno Trace Trail, and the swinging cable bridge to Cox Mountain Trail and Fanny Ford Trail. The 5 backcountry campsites located in this area are on the Fanny Ford Trail. ( * = See Below.)

There are quite a few combinations available in this section and doing all of them in any particular order could total over 12 miles. I will often do Cox Mountain clockwise, turn onto Fanny's Ford clockwise, ford the river at Few's Ford (Fanny's Ford is often not fordable in high water) and take on Buckquarter and Holden's Mill Trails. Likewise, it is usual to do Buckquarter, Fieldstone, and Holden's Mill together, or Buckquarter, Ridge and Shakori together. Knight trail is simply a local resident access for horses. You can also follow the bushwhack trail south to Pleasant Green Road to meet up with the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, Quarry Trail, and points east.

BUCKQUARTER 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

NOTE: You can avoid the uphill leg of this loop trail by looking for the dotted lines on the below map near the Outhouse Ford. As soon as the high ridge to your right comes back down to the lowlands, there is a seldom used Service Road that ties into the upper loop. Without the Bridge over Buckqauerter Creek anymore, I now use this bushwack to go to Ridge, Shakori, Fieldstone and Holden Mill Trails, avoiding the up/over of that upper loop.

Buckquarter creek is a lead-in trail for some of the other trails further down river, such as Holden's Mill, Fieldstone, Ridge, Shakori and Knight. It is accessed from the parking lot just south of the Ranger Station near Piper-Cox house, or from the very end loop parking area, both lead to the river at the same spot, the loop parking being just a bit further, but it passes by the swinging cable bridge, which I enjoy seeing once in a while. From the end loop lot, simply follow the trail to the right, downhill and under the bridge on the near (east) side of the river. There is a split to the left on the bluff, before you head downhill that goes to the Eno Trace Nature Trail.

At Fews Ford go into the woods downriver, across a small wooden footbridge, and immediately head slightly uphill. Be careful here, as this uphill goes straight to the Ranger Station, unless you make a vear to the left, climbing the ridge line to gain elevation (an old roadbed long abandoned.) There are signs.

Buckquarter Creek Trail ALSO follows the Eno downriver at the riverbank, I always save this easier hike for the return trip. As the trail crests the bluffs, it will undulate up and down following the contours of the hillside. Watch for a stone foundation on your left, what seems to be an old tobacco curing shed - it has a curious foundation footprint that suggests air venting for the drying tobacco.

It will join another old roadbed at a sawhorse, warning you to stay on trail. (The anarchist in me followed it uphill one day and found it would eventually connect with Steven Scarlett Lane, but remnants of it dissappear before it actually does today.) Not much further, you are given a choice to split to the right onto Ridge Trail, which is how you access Shakori and Knight Trails as well. In the far elbow of this trail split sits the decaying wooden cabin of Dr. Cole, especially scenic in the spring when the daffodils come in. Following the Buckquarter Creek Trail further, it will pass the remnants of a wooden footbridge across it's namesake (accessing Holden Mill Trail, and the short extension to the old Holden Mill foundations.) To stay on Buckquarter Creek Trail, continue alongside the creek until it empties into the Eno River, and follow it back to Fews Ford upriver.


Map of this Eno River Trail

ver. 3.1 ~ 2011-