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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.

Good easy trail along the river.

Nice moderate hike with good cardio in short 10 minute elevation change.

Crowded Memorial Day at Eno River State Park, yet still open trail along the Buckquarter Creek Trail loop. Start from the Few’s Ford parking lot - the first parking lot on the right as you enter the park at the end of Cole Mill road. Take the road down by the Piper-Cox Museum to Few’s Ford and take a right upriver. The river has deposited logs and other debris due to flooding along the trail, but the trail is still in pretty good shape. I stayed left on the trail along the river going out. Beautiful view of the rapids near the platform stairs and walking next to the river. Slightly muddy due to rainstorm the night before, the trail takes you by the Holden Mill Trail bridge. From there the trail leaves the river and heads inland to the Ridge Trail, which I took to combine with the Shakori Trail for a 4 mile RT. Took the high side of the Buckquarter Creek Trail coming back, which takes you up the bluff from the river. Really nice hike.

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28 days ago

Started at the Few's Ford Parking lot and took the lower side of the Buckquarter Creek trail past the Holden Mill bridge and took a left on the Ridge trail. Rivers were up so crossing Buckquarter Creek over the rocks was fun. From there I passed the Buckquarter Creek Campgrounds and took a right on the Shakori Trail, marked by a yellow upside down horseshoe blaze. This is a wooded loop good for trail running if you are adept at taking on roots, rocks and washouts, but suspect it's easier when dry. The highlight for me was the creek crossing, and the rest of the trail was a pretty good workout with some elevation gain. Took a left when back on the Buckquarter Creek trail and took the high side back to the parking lot. Good day for a morning hike, quite a crowd playing at Few's Ford. Enjoyed the 4 miler.