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Company Mill Trail

 4.4 (23)

5.1 Miles 8.2 Kilometers



382' 117 m


-565' -172 m



Avg Grade (2°)


Max Grade (9°)

453' 138 m


247' 75 m


Shared By Nick Cross


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A great get away in the heart of the triangle with some scenic running down on Crabtree Creek.

Nick Cross

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife


This moderate trail is perfect for those looking for a more rugged experience than the Lake Trail can provide while remaining close to the Triangle area. Enjoy this rolling route as it works its way down to Crabtree Creek and back, eventually completing a "lollipop" shaped trail.

Runner Notes

Several sections have exposed roots and rocks.


Depart from the northwest corner of the Reedy Creek parking area. Follow the wide gravel trail for a couple of tenths of a mile to the trailhead sign and a large picnic shelter. Once at the Company Mill Trailhead, the trail begins to work its way down to Crabtree Creek with some gradual ups and downs along the way. The trail is quite rocky and rooty in some sections and crosses several small footbridges.

After approximately 1 mile, you'll come to Crabtree Creek. There are remnants of an old dam and some side trails that access the creek. Following the main trail, you'll cross Crabtree Creek on a footbridge. Once across the creek, the trail makes a loop back to the bridge. You can go either direction, but this description travels counter-clockwise, turning right after crossing the bridge.

The trail travels along the creek for a short bit, before starting to climb up to the bike and bridle trail. The trail meanders with some gradual ups and downs during the climb. Once at the bike and bridle trail, the route crosses the large trail and picks up on the other side. There is an option to cut approx. 1.3 miles from the route by heading left on the bike and bridle trail for approx. 0.5-miles to where the Company Mill Trail crosses again.

Continuing on the main route, the section of trail on the far side of the bike and bridle trail is some of the least traveled on the run. The rocky and rooty character of the trail continues and after a couple of miles, it wanders around to another trail crossing of the bike and bridle trail. The trail picks up directly on the other side on an old roadbed. Descending gently towards Crabtree Creek, this is one of the more pleasant sections of the trail. Eventually, the trail drops to and then follows the creek, heading downstream for a very scenic stretch. Once back at the bridge, begin retracing the run back in towards the parking area. Cross the bridge, and begin the gradual climb back to the trailhead.

Flora & Fauna

Piedmont hardwood forest including oaks, sycamore, and pine trees. Great leaf color during the fall (October-November).


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Oct 16, 2018
Achyut Jamadagni
5.4mi — 0h 52m
Aug 29, 2018
Chris Boyd
Jul 14, 2018
Josh Swanson
May 29, 2018
Ryan Moore
Ran after a good rain. Super humid. Trail is still good when wet. 5.1mi
Apr 14, 2018
Bryan Kline
Feb 25, 2018
Charles Bell
Company Mill is always a challenge. Nice weather. Unseasonably warm but overcast. The hikers were out in full force. Great day for a run! 5.1mi
Sep 10, 2017
Charles Bell
This is a challenging run. A steep descent to the start of the loop. Lots of hills and roots. This is a run where you have to focus. Great scenery. 5.7mi
Apr 20, 2017
Jim Cooper

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