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Eno River State Park

Eno River State Park

Durham, North Carolina

Facts & Figures

Address: 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Counties: Durham, Orange

Size: 4,312 acres

Hours: Open daily from 7:30am to 9:30pm

Phone: (919) 383-1686


Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation


  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Paddling
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking


Located in Durham, North Carolina, Eno River State Park is a quick drive from Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh, as well as other parts of the Triangle. At 4,312 acres, the state park offers five access areas along a 12-mile stretch of the Eno River. The park has a rich history with the river flowing through mature forests and historic mill and home sites. Nearly 30 miles of trails along the river provide a variety of activities including backcountry camping by permit, fishing, hiking, and paddling, and is a popular spot for photography and sightseeing.

Our Experience

We’ve only been to Eno River State Park once in November 2019. I met my brother for a fall hike with our children together, which was a perfect half-way meeting point from our homes. We hiked the 1.5-mile Buckquarter Creek Trail, which was a great hike for our younger children. There was lots to see along the Eno River, including rocks and stairs for our kids to climb. The trail begins and ends at the Piper-Cox Museum parking lot near the park office. After our hike, we stopped in the park office to purchase a hiking medallion to add to our hiking staff collection. With our hike during the first weekend in November, it was the perfect fall hike for enjoying the fall colors and sightseeing.

Published by Dave Herpy

I am a father of four, a camp and outdoor recreation professional, and a freelance writer. I have over twenty years of experience in the outdoor industry and over a decade of experience as a freelance writer. I enjoy camping, cycling, golfing, hiking, kayaking, running, swimming, and triathlons, as well as traveling, volunteering, and writing. I live in Clayton, North Carolina.

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