Eno Outer Loop
ElevationAscent: 846' 258 m
Descent: -846' -258 m
High: 689' 210 m
Low: 407' 124 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“This longer loop visits the three highest points in the park”— Russell Hobart
Now on Holden Mill Trail, you are at the ruins of the old mill. Continue along the river looking for the trail to head up hill to the left as you come down to a creek crossing. When you make the crossing, you follow the creek up until the trail peels off to ascend more directly. After the quick ascent you come back down again
At the bridge crossing stay left on Buckquarter Creek Trail. The trail quickly meets an intersection with Ridge Trail where you can turn left again.
The first half mile moves along through thick forest. Pass the local access trail, Knight Trail, and soon you arrive atthe turnoff for the Shakori Trail on the right. Shortly after, on the left, you find the Buckquarter group campground. From here, the trail builds more powerfully at you rise into beautiful, mature forest. The trail ends at a gate where you can turn around or loop back on the Shakori Trail.
The the trail begins by meandering through open, mature hardwood forest. As you drop down you curve along the edge of the hill where eventually you stay find yourself above a wetlands along the Buckquarter Creek. Turn left as you reconnect with Ridge Trail.
Following Ridge Trail down you meet Buckquarter Creek Trail again. This time staff left to attain the last set of rolling hills that rise up and down above the river. Finally the trail arrives at the river again.
Follow the trail down stream past a few swimming holes until you pass the suspension bridge again and follow Cox Mountain Trail back to the parking lot.
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Land Manager: North Carolina State Parks - Eno River State Park