Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

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Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area


Hours & Seasons

  • Seasons - Year-round
  • Hours - Nov-Feb 8 am-6 pm; March, April , Sept & Oct 8 am-8 pm; May-Aug 8 am-9 pm


  • 625 Virginia Cates Rd.

    Hillsborough,   NC   27278


Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area offers a quick escape into nature with its three miles of trail exploring riverside forests, bluffs reaching to the highest point in the area and mountain laurel and rhododendron thickets. Visitors can fish in a pair of quiet ponds for bass and panfish or in the Eno River, either from the bank or by wading its shallows. Picnic grounds supply a grassy lawn and large, shading oaks. Rangers lead regular interpretive programs about the state natural area and its piedmont monodnock supports species that are rare and significant in the region.

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625 Virginia Cates Rd.
Hillsborough NC 27278


Latitude: 36° 3' 34.56" / Longitude: -79° 6' 51.48"

Special Directions:

From I-85, take exit 164. Travel north on Churton Street, and turn onto Mayo Street. At the next stop sign, turn left onto Orange Grove Road. Turn at the second right on to Virginia Cates Road, and follow the signs to the parking area.

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