Cole Mill, Bobbit Hole, Pea Creek Trail
I understand that Bobbit Hole is a popular swimming hole in the summer but on this winter's day it is a quick flowing rapid. Not going to see the Fat Bald White Guy make this a cotton tail falls today....too cold....to fast....too muddy!
Bobbit Hole marks the end of the trail on the western side of the Eno River in this section of the park....and there we spotted a couple sharing a bench and the scenery....don't worry about them...they passed us on the trail about a mile down stream from Bobbit's Hole!
The trail from Bobbit Hole follows the western bank of the Eno River until it intersects with the Cole Mill Loop Trail.....which also follows the western bank of the Eno River....and if you like river views this is the hike to take....
The river was swift muddy and high but there were several interesting rapids
We saw several kayaks in the parking lot but never saw any on the river. Today would have been a good day to take a ride down the river....
The western bank of the Eno River is a series of rocky bluffs. I understand that the Mountain to Sea Trail runs along these bluffs ....but the only crossing is the Cole Mill Road about a two miles downstream from Bobbit Hole....got to make that hike this winter before the leaves come back and obscure the view of the river.
Several times along the trail we were reminded that Eno River State Park lies on the border of Durham and Orange Counties.... not sure why that is important but decided to memorialize it in a picture nonetheless.
As the trail hugs the bank of the river we found ourselves slipping and sliding ....and my hiking companion actually fell twice....I laughed the first time ...but thought better of it the second time!
As we got closer to the Cole Mill Road bridge the river calmed and cleared.....and we were treated with many great reflections!The river turns northward and the setting sun produced some nice shadows and spotlights.
Looking upstream a single Carolina Pine was bathed in sunlight while the river rapids flowed in the shadows.
|“Where are there lots of colors, Colton?" "In Heaven, Dad. That's where all the rainbow colors are!” |
― Todd Burpo, Heaven is for Real
We even photographed a rainbow....but found no pot of gold along the trail.
The Cole Mill Trail ends within sight of the Cole Mill Road bridge and turns into the Pea Creek Trail which leads under the bridge and then loops to the right and just over the ridge it follows the banks of Pea Creek. There is a bridge crossing Pea Creek to the Dunnagan Loop Trail. Due to the lateness of the hour we elected to bypass the Dunnagan Loop and follow Pea Creek back to the river. It was there that we experienced one of the best reflective views I have ever seen.....see what you think?
Can you tell which picture is upside down?