Even than the water looks dirty haha is a good place to swimming and that reason is because is not deep. There are turtles and fish. The parking is good and you have to walk around 1 km. I went at 4:00 and it wasn’t crowded. Take care with the rocks. It’s pet friendly.
Jul 16, 2023
This place is beautiful, but the signage is hard to follow. We had to ask several people for help to get to the water. If you park where Google directs you, you have to go to the right. You will see another road. Cross that and stay to the right, then follow the music. Bring water shoes! The rocks hurt! And bug spray! We saw a few harmless snakes in the water. Just an FYI. Also the bathrooms are port a potties. Come wearing your bathing.
Jul 14, 2023
Walked the primitive through the woods trail. Great workout. Super views. We’ve had lots of rain so the river is really high.
Jul 4, 2023
Beautiful and fun. Kids love swimming in the river. Current is impressive after rain
Jul 3, 2023
Visited on a field trip. Beautiful area. The guides were very nice and educated about the property. My daughter had a great time and even got to make a corn husk doll to take home! I would definitely recommend.
May 28, 2023
I love this park! It has a nice walking trail that surrounds the entire park. There are cabins and structures that appear to be from the 1800s. I’m not too sure about the history of the mills and cabins but it’s beautiful. Great place for a nice walk
May 9, 2023
What a beautiful place to take a hike. It is close enough to Durham to add it to your trip to town for a short walk or stay all day and discover all the cool trails. The Mountain laurel is blooming so make sure you hit that trail along the river. We spotted many native plants, pyeweed, wild ginger along with the laurel so don't forget to look down once in a while. The trail to the dam is fun but can be hazardous for a new hiker!
Jan 3, 2023
25 min hike to the swimming hole. Park in the 2nd lot. And head towards the mill. Path on the left brings you to the dam. Trail is on the left. Follow till it comes to a valley and a bench you are 1/3 of the way. Keep going it eventually turns to the the left at a little Vista with another bench trail bends to the left you are 2/3s there. Follow trail and it decends to the stream and comes to a narrow stream bed. You cross the stream and are 2 min from the swimming hole. Follow the path and you come to a beautiful swimming hole. There are snakes. Be on the lookout, we have seen three but they didn't pose a problem. Also path opens and there's a lot of rocks approaching the water. Careful they are slippery. However, once in the water is beautiful and refreshing and when you get to the inlet it has a sandy bottom. Some people fish here and we found a hook once so water shoes or sandles are a must.
Fantastic spot though.
Oct 29, 2022
Great park. Able to paddle around if you want! Nice, marked trails. Busy in summer, but Oct-March you may have a trail to yourself. Nice escape just minutes from downtown Durham.