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Minutes from Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky stream bed. The Eno River is a swift, shallow stream flowing from northwest Orange County into Durham County for 33 miles where it joins the Flat River to become the Neuse and flows into Falls Lake. Its waters roll through wilderness, passing historic mill sites, river bluffs covered with flowering shrubs, and fords used by early settlers. Rains can turn the river into a raging torrent, yet it quickly settles into a gentle current. It is a chain of rapids, pools, and riffles meandering through forest on a bed of rock. The valley of the river is narrow and steep walled. The rugged landscape is carved and sculpted by swift flowing water. Eno River State Park lies here, in the beauty of more than 3900 acres of natural resources. Five accesses Cabe Lands, Cole Mill, Fews Ford, Pleasant Green, and Pump Station offer entry into this largely unspoiled river environment.

It’s was very fun and pretty easy, Nice for an afternoon hike... went with some children who enjoyed it a lot as well

Did this trail in combonation with holden mill, today on recommendation of a very nice lady at the office? Followed her directions to do a figure 8, starting with the right branch of buckquater then crossing over to stay with the river on our left, then coming back with the river on our right. Went with a friend and our 3 dogs. We all had a blast, we were in and out of the river to play. A bit more traffic as the day went on but not bad until we got back to the beginning of the trailhead where everyone was in the river. We will definitely be back.

Great short afternoon or after work hike.

It's an easy trail. Nice little loop walking by the river.

Great hike to see the historic Pump Station ruins and great view of the river with lots of rocks there. We continued west on the trail and kept going on the Laurel Trail until we were across from Bobbit Hole (see the chimney ruins). The trail to that point was up and down ... sometimes along the river and sometimes branching away a bit. At the chimney ruins, there is a trail that goes down to the river where we were able to cross to north side of river by hopping rocks and then walked east on the Bobbit Hole trail and then Cole Mill Trail. We kept going east Pea Loop and Dunegun loop trails until we were across from the Pump Station trail, Crossed the river again, rock hoping, and then returned to the Pump Station parking. Fun hike.

Beautiful hike! Ending at the Eno Quarry was a real treat

trail running
1 month ago

Great loop! My dog loved the Eno river running along the trail so she could jump in when she got too hot. The signs and blazes make it easy to follow. Wonderful spot!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this one right after the longer one it shares a trailhead with. Goes under a (rather loud) overpass which is kind of cool but annoyed my dog.

In one area the trail was very thin and had a steep dropoff into the river, so may not be best for huge dogs or people with bad balance.

Very nice, easy trail. Pretty forest and river, I'm sure I'll be back again.

hiking
2 months ago

Didn’t quite adhere to the Riverwalk during this excursion though we did manage to walk IN the river when crossing over to Ayr Mount. Both beautiful and magical with fireflies lighting the way to the Poets Walk. Came back along St. Mary’s Rd and through downtown to really get a feel for this awesome town. Loved it!!

Great hike with the kids. There are plenty of places where the kids can get wet and enjoy the water.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful walk along the Eno river. Good hills. Nice hike.

It’s a great place for a nature walk. In between you can take a swim at the quarry. The only bad thing is no public restrooms or information center. Parking is limited so get there early. I had a great time and enjoyed the scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

A recent relocation and upgrade has helped turn this good trail into a great one. Gone are the super-steep climbs and descent from the peak of Cox mountain, replaced now with more gradual and less worn new trail. My guess is the relo has added about .3 miles to the original, but it is all great trail.
Highly recommended!

hiking
3 months ago

Highly recommend. Beautiful, very clean and well shaded.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail. Turtles on logs in river. Mileage does not include fanny ford extension shown on red trail map.
Easy to leave off with short connector trail. Quite a bit up and down. Rough terrain. Suggest older hiker like me (73) use sticks and good hiking boots.

I would rate this as moderate, not easy. lots of steep areas, rocks, and roots galore. very windy and cold today. will come back when warmer.

Very pretty easy hike! Particularly loved the portion by the river. It follows a beautiful section of the Eno river with pretty rocks here and there.

Great Views by the river. A detour so it’s a little different then the map.

Fun hike with a river and a lake

5 months ago

well groomed trail, great views of the Eno

Fun hike

Nice hike up and down a bigger hill. Little walk along the river on the other side and back.

Great hike, lots of time by the river. Moderate traffic.

Pleasant, easy trail. Not busy at all on a weekday morning. About half is walking along water which is very nice. Saw a big heron and turtle during our journey. Great low key hike.

hiking
6 months ago

Great year round hiking spot, can be a little too busy during peak hours in the warmer months.

I enjoyed it very much. It inclines, declines, woods, trees, the Eno River, maybe other bodies of running water, ice, snow, sun, shade, a bridge or two, and more.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful easy walk!

hiking
6 months ago

Loved this hike. Good spot halfway for my dog to swim in the river. Very few people in January once you leave the entrance/exit areas.

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