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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.
Hiked the Ridge and Shakori trails yesterday. Went the Ridge Trail first, there are some very lovely historic cabins/homesites on the trail, they are beginning to succumb to the elements-which is quite sad but their construction is very interesting. The Ridge trail, though not steep and listed as easy, gave me a winding as it was a long upward grade and in some areas we felt as though we were walking through a water cut ravine. The Shakori was a pleasant walk and I would say it was easy. A sudden storm came up and we made it back safely but I'd suggest checking the forecast a little closer or monitoring it with smartphone if storms could be expected.
I am new to hiking and out of shape. this trail is an awesome workout for those like myself. I had to rest a minute 2 times, but I did do the whole thing. I am someone who pushes through so I wanted to complete it, but I wouldn't recommend this to all 46 year old, out of shapers :) We will be back though, we loved it!