There are many exciting things found near Carolantic. It is at a location close to downtown Hillsborough, where there is a semi-private golf course only 15 minutes away. Additionally, at Eno River Farms, you can enjoy homemade ice cream and farm fresh vegetables.
Hillsborough’s downtown historic district features many homes, schools, churches and other architecture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Hillsborough is a tourist destination and it is where many artists and writers live. Overall, it is a wonderful place to stay. The town is found in North Carolina with quick access to the cities.
On top of having guided tours of the historic sites and Revolutionary War reenactments, Hillsborough is where the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area is located, as well as many other trails. Many new public spaces and parks are making the historic town an even richer place to live.
Cole Mill Trail
Most of this trail allows for a relaxing hike along the river, with just a short climb towards the upland forest. The beautiful laurel covered bluffs can be seen all over the riverbank. The trail starts at the picnic area from both ends of the parking space. The length of the trail spans 1.00 miles and it goes in a loop. It is a pleasant spring hike, and it is suitable for family hikes and picnics. You can bring your whole family there and enjoy a day out with them.
Pump Station Trail
The pump station trail is the best spring trail in the park. It makes for a gentle hike with its small hills. The trail starts at the Nancy Rhodes Creek Bridge. It is a great trail with old structures. The main highlight is the foundations of the first water pumping station of Durham which is located at the northeast section of the loop. The trail is 1.50 miles in length and goes in a loop. It follows along the Eno River with beautiful mountain laurel and moss logs. This is a popular area that can be crowded on the weekends.
The Riverwalk is an accessible, paved greenway that spans 1.8 miles. It is found along the Eno River. It is a well-known trail for jogging, cycling and walking. The downtown portion of the greenway is the main route of the N.C. Mountains-to-Sea Trail. It is also one of the few parts that is found in an urban environment, where users have access to restaurants, restrooms, and shopping. The greenway is open from 8 a.m. till just before sunset daily.
Fanny’s Ford Trail
This trail is 1.01 miles in length that goes in a loop. It is an easy hike with a flat terrain along the river and gentle hills. You can access this trail by taking the Cox Mountain Trail from the picnic area located north of the Fanny’s Ford loop.