The single track course is generally rolling with a number of short, but steep, ascents and descents. The course surface is mostly dirt, but includes many obstacles including tree roots, rocks, and uneven ground. The Mountains to Sea Trail passes through Eno River State Park, Durham’s West Point on the Eno Park, and Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve and affords views of the Eno River from high bluffs and riverside trails. Multiple old home and mill sites and the old Durham Pump Station are viewable from the trail. The trail also passes through old growth forests, dense laurel groves, old farms and bottomlands. The course follows the Eno River east to west on trails and greenways. There are only a few short roadside stretches and minimal road crossings.