Company Mill Trail
ElevationAscent: 382' 117 m
Descent: -565' -172 m
High: 453' 138 m
Low: 247' 75 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
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“A great get away in the heart of the triangle with some scenic running down on Crabtree Creek.”— Nick Cross
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.
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Land Manager: North Carolina State Parks