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
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.
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.