Day Hike 4: Howe Street west of Sparger Road to Pleasant Green Road
Cabe Lands Access to Pleasant Green Access
Distance: 2.9 miles
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Camping: No
- Land managers: N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation (Eno River State Park)
- Volunteer Task Force Leader: Fred Dietrich, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Piggyback trail: Laurel Bluffs Trail
- Connecting trails: Cabe Lands Trail, Eno Quarry Trail
- Trailhead/Access: Cabe Lands Access, Howe Street west of Sparger Road and Pleasant Green Access, Pleasant Green Road. These access areas are part of Eno River State Park and have gate hours of 8 a.m. to sunset. There is no overnight parking. Parking on summer weekends can be tight. Click on map below for more detail.
The biggest surprise on this trail is suddenly hiking into the inner sanctum of the Eno Quarry.
The first 1.2 miles is typical Eno: a little strolling along the banks, a steep climb, a ramble through a hardwood Piedmont forest. Then, after rock-hopping Rhodes Creek you make a short climb and — cue theme to the “Andy Griffith Show,” please — you’re suddenly facing a deep lake surrounded by pines and mature cedars. The MST only spends a couple hundred yards along the banks, but there is a nearly half-mile trail that circumnavigates the lake; indulge yourself with a detour. (Refrain, however, from indulging in a dip: the quarry has obstructions on the bottom and swimming is verboten.)
After the quarry there’s a mellow drop through a flood plain before a mellow climb through a planted pine forest deposits you on a bluff overlooking the Eno. The trail passes through thickets of mountain laurel, tight passages that will put you in mind of your favorite mountain trails. Another flood plain, a passage under Pleasant Green Road and you’re at trail’s end, for now, at the Pleasant Green Access.
Day Hike 4 Map
Click on the link below the Google map to open it up in a larger version which includes definition of the map symbols, hiking notes, and an interactive option for driving to the trailheads. Note: state park boundaries are not accurate.
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Finding Your Way
|Finding Your Way (east » west)||Cumulative Mileage||Mileage Between Points|
|Trailhead: Cabe Lands Access of Eno River State park||0.0||0.0|
|Trail appears from L; continue straight||525 feet||525 feet|
|MST comes in from R; continue straight, toward river, to pick up MST headed west||0.27||0.26|
|Trail reaches river; go L, upstream||0.5||0.18|
|Trail heads uphill||0.75||0.25|
|Intersection of Quarry Loop Trail; go R||0.8||0.05|
|Quarry (just past creek crossing that may be wet). Trail Ts, go R||1.19||0.39|
|Quarry Loop Trail goes L, MST continues straight||1.37||0.18|
|Mountain laurel bluffs||2.44||0.07|
|Trail passes under Pleasant Green Road||2.78||0.34|
|Trailhead: Pleasant Green Access||2.9||0.12|