Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area (36.059570, -79.111826)
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Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

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Trail Map: .jpg, .pdf
County: Orange
Acres: 190
Trails: 2.8 miles
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Park Hours:
8 AM - 6 PM Nov - Feb
8 AM - 8 PM March, April, Sept, Oct
8 AM - 9 PM May - Aug
Closed December 25th
Office Hours:
8 AM - 4:30 PM, Mon - Thurs
Closed state holidays
Additional Hours:
8 AM - 4:30 PM Fri; 12 PM - 4 PM Sat & Sun, Nov - Feb
8 AM - 4:30 PM, 5 PM - 8 PM Fri; 9 AM - 6 PM Sat, Mar - Oct

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Overview
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area is located on 190 acres in Hillsborough and has about 3 miles of hiking trails. The rugged terrain supports an ecosystem more typical in western, mountainous regions. Occoneechee's brown elfin butterfly population is 100 miles further east than any other. The natural area contains a former quarry and a portion of the Eno River.

Trails
Occoneechee Mountain Loop Trail (2.2 miles, moderate)
Summit Trail (0.35 mile, moderate)
Brown Elfin Knob Trail (0.15 mile, easy)
Overlook Trail (0.10 mile, easy)


Wildlife
White-tailed deer, beavers, river otters, woodchucks, muskrats, chipmunks, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, skunks, rabbits, fish, salamanders, snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, lizards, skinks, great blue herons, green herons, belted kingfishers, songbirds, hummingbirds, bats, hawks, owls, woodpeckers, black vultures, turkey vultures, geese, ducks, wild turkeys, butterflies, moths, dragonflies, damselflies, grasshoppers, and crickets.

Plant Life
Mountain laurel, catawba rhododendron, lady's thumb, wildflowers, sunflowers, galax, holly, ivy, ferns, mushrooms, honeysuckles, strawberries, blackberries, huckleberries, sumac, poison ivy, river birch, ironwoods, dogwoods, eastern red cedars, beech trees, oak trees, pine trees, red maples, black walnuts, yellow poplars, eastern hemlocks.

Landmarks
Occoneechee Mountain — the highest point in Orange County at 867 feet.

External Links
Official Site
Eno River Association

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