This is my favorite NC State park!! I have been to 2/3 of them and continue to make the 3 hour trek from my home to Eno. I have camped at the primitive sites and always felt safe and accounted for. The trails are relatively easy to hike. The river can often be waxed across so long as you don’t mind the water going up to shoulders if there’s a lot of flow. This place is super family friendly. lots of nature like deer, birds, turtles, fish and the occasional snake. Plenty to explore like the historic buildings and the footbridge. This place is a gem and it’s easily accessible to the Triangle, I-85 & I-40. All the rangers I’ve met are great and helpful and the facilities are always clean. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this park!
Jul 26, 2023
This park is really nice, you can go in the river in some areas. There is a fun suspension Bridge to crosse and many trails. The welcome building is new, ranger is very informative, bathrooms are nice and clean.
Jul 22, 2023
Absolutely beautiful park! A lot of history and information a for you to view while walking the trails as well.
Jul 2, 2023
Love this park. The trails are well marked the water is clean
It is very rocky. The restroom are drop toliets but the must pump them regularly they are not overwhelming any time I have been to the park. We saw two water snakes, lots of different birds, tadpoles and fish.
Jun 17, 2023
One of the best place I ever visited. Nice trails. With a small stream where you can take a dip.
Jun 7, 2023
Felt wonderful during our unplanned stop at this park. Loved walking through Eno River Ped Bridge and it’s trails very well maintained. This park is for all ages. River flowing is shallow, liked walking on trails along with this river, green trails. This park has picnic benches, very cool shelters, Wilderness cabin, great parking area, restrooms. Great for camping. This park has other entrances too. Grab a map and decide which part of the park you would like to enjoy, I was at Fews Ford. Worth visiting.
Apr 26, 2023
Very nice walking areas. Clean bathrooms and nice time with nature and my son. Not the Merced river in CA but nice time getting back to nature. Saw 3 turtles resting on a log and 1 snake swimming across the river. Will be back. Close to Durham.
Apr 14, 2023
This place is SO COOL! I came here on a play date with my two toddlers, and it was simultaneously incredibly stressful and fantastically fun. I had to pry them away from this park, and they took the best nap of their lives after we left because they played so hard. I love that the water is reachable in certain places so they could toss in rocks and leaves, one of the greatest joys of childhood.
With that being said here are the things I would mention to anyone planning to bring small children, so they can mentally prepare for the experience:
The bridge is high, over water, it moves, and it is NOT enclosed so you are going to want to hand-hold anyone who is not a strong swimmer.
The path to the bridge, and the bridge itself, is not designed for strollers so I wouldn't bother (even with my BOB) and it is fairly long so your child will need to be able to walk a good bit there and back.
The trail past the bridge has parts that get pretty narrow and have significant drop offs without a railing, again great for older kids.
Prepare your child (under age five) for frequent hand-holding, and babywear for anyone who isn't an adept walker.
If possible, this park is best done when the parent is not outnumbered by children under the age of five. For the next few years it will make a great weekend park when dad can join.
Oct 29, 2022
It was a perfect fall Saturday Morning we decided to go on hike and had been wanting to check out Eno river state park. It was very easy to get to, we were trying to get to Holden Trail, but the google maps takes you to a private residence, so avoid that. Luckily we were very close to buckquarter creek trail. We found parking easily on the side of the road as the lot was full.
The trail was very easy and scenic, a big creek with a good bit of folks there just for the creek itself and not a hike. It took roughly 30-40 minutes to complete. There was a path to go to Holden once we were 15 minutes in, but we decided to save for next time.