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Eno River State Park


6101 Cole Mill Rd
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 383-1686
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Photo of Katie Alley Katie Alley
Jun 4, 2019 5

We went after 6, and there were a TON of lightning bugs along the trail!! We took the puppy and he loved it too, except the suspension bridge! Wear good shoes - lots of rocks and roots that can easily trip you up. Great scenery, but definitely a "moderate" trail!

Photo of Casey Sanchez Casey Sanchez
Nov 11, 2019 4

All of the parks along the Eno River are the kind of public spaces that every city wishes they had. The land and the river are incredibly beautiful, all year long. Parking is ample and free. The Eno parks are as safe as anything outdoors can be. Truly, one of Durham's greatest treasures.

Photo of He Wang He Wang
Jun 9, 2019 5

Rock Quarry is very cool place to cool off during summer months. You need to hike about .8 or 1.5 miles depending on which parking/access point you use. Be sure to bring floating devices with you since the lake is 70 foot deep and hardly any place to stand up in water.

Photo of Mikayla Myers Mikayla Myers
May 19, 2019 5

What an amazing State Park! 1st state park we've visited in NC since our big move from Maine. Soo many well blazed trails to access and the website has such easy directions for camping, parking, trails and etc. PERFECT spot for your dog to swim, we even went on a Saturday at 1pm and it wasn't crowded! It was so beautiful!Can't wait to come back and try all of the trails!! Also we saw a rat snake...so best day ever

Photo of brian bernhardt brian bernhardt
Apr 27, 2019 5

The river was outstanding! Very swift moving and noisy, my family loved the sound of the rushing water in places. The suspension bridge was equally awesome. It was a lot bigger than I thought and worth the trip! Trails along river are very well marked and cleared. We did see a couple of water snakes but this time of year that is to be expected. We did wade out into river and the current is very swift. My eldest daughter and I got across with our shorts getting a little wet. Wouldn't recommend this if you aren't sure footed. Ricks on river bed are slippery and covered with moss. One wrong step can have dangerous outcome. We will definitely return to check out other trails

Photo of Christina Scales Christina Scales
Jul 12, 2019 5

Eno is like my secret garden. Even when every parking space is filled it is still not crowed and is peaceful. I love listening to to river and even if its cold or snowing sitting in my car and being here. Its gorgeous. The wildlife is great too. I enjoy hiking and people watching.

Photo of Kelly Bakhos Kelly Bakhos
Jul 21, 2019 5

Absolutely my favorite place to spend the day. We visit several times a week. Easy to pop by for a hour or stay for the whole day. Everyone cleans up after themselves and is respectful. Really a wonderful, beautiful place. Fantastic for all ages. Be sure to bring some shoes you can wear in the water if you plan to swim.

Photo of Rajanikanth T Rajanikanth T
Aug 25, 2019 5

Riverside trails are great. Listen to water sound and enjoy walk. There is hanging bridge at left side of river. Trails are both side of river and you can actually cross the river over the water. Kids can play in water bit may need some water shoes. You won't disappoint trails here.

Photo of Dee Patil Dee Patil
Sep 1, 2019 4

Really good place to spend few hrs. I am trying to get my son into hiking and this is a great place to start. It has multiple loops most of them are easy on legs. Park was busy when we visited. Parking was almost full. Water in the river was clean. Don’t forget to bring water shoes so you can walk in the water. We saw lot of small creatures like snakes, turtles, fishes etc. There are couple of places where you can swim or just sit on the rocks. We saw couple of baby snakes in water which was awesome. Kids friendly place for sure. There are restrooms near parking lot.

Photo of Aliya Gard Aliya Gard
Sep 9, 2019 5

One of my favorite spots in the Triangle. No traffic sounds, running water, lots of places to get wet along the trail. A few trails go along the river for the majority of time, also plenty of opportunity to get into the woods as well. Not a far drive to get there and never crowded.

Photo of Shahab Siahpoosh Shahab Siahpoosh
Nov 3, 2019 5

A very convenient and nice place for a walk or short hike in Durham Chapel Hill area. The trail is very easy so good for walking with family of any age. Around the lake can be a little noisy during the weekends in the summer, but if it's a colder season, you're going to enjoy the nature by yourself. Don't forget tick and mosquito repellent if you're walking in the summer. Some parts of the trail passes close to Eno River, which can be really infested by mosquito in the morning or evening during the summer.

Photo of Todd Beaufort Todd Beaufort
Nov 11, 2019 5

Easy to moderate hiking, short drive from the Triangle. Favorite is Cox Mountain loop + Fanny's Ford trail ... at the split, go straight instead of right to do the big hill first and separate from the crowds on busy days. Good rock hopping opportunities near the trail using the Fanny's Ford trail. Restrooms at the Park office and the Cox Mountain trailhead parking.

Photo of Imre Pólik Imre Pólik
Nov 29, 2019 5

Excellent park, well maintained, offering a great variety of terrains. Whether you want to walk by the river, get lost in the woods, climb steep hills or just sit by a cabin, you'll find something. Parking is crowded during peak hours. Check their website for the schedule, they often have all kinds of events in there.

Photo of Steve Hinkle Steve Hinkle
Dec 25, 2019 5

Great trail. But watch your footing when covered with leaves. The plant life and terrain are varied and very interesting. And of course the remains of the old water plant are fascinating. Highly recommended.

Photo of Brett Fox Brett Fox
Jan 10, 2020 5

Always love the Eno! Great place to hike with kids and young families. So many different options for short or long hikes. I also occasionally will head out there with my fly rod to chase some of the wariest bass that I have ever seen. They are picky eaters, but a lot of fun. Can't go wrong with this Durham gem!

Photo of John Fortini John Fortini
Feb 24, 2020 5

Beautiful park with easy to follow trails that don't overdo the signage (which can distract from the natural beauty in my opinion). The creeks and rivers and ponds / small lakes look clean and naturally beautiful. I love taking photos of the small microcosmic things like algae and lichen etc., will attach a couple of those photos :)

Photo of Lorena Gaertner Lorena Gaertner
Feb 16, 2020 4

The GPS may indicate 3 or 4 different entrances. We chose to park at the building/restroom area. Park it's limited. Preferably you must wear hiking boots/shoes. Trail it's not nice. Lots of roots underneath & muddy areas. It's fun for an adventurous walk. Take note there aren't trashcans, picnic tables, restrooms available beyond the main office. We also drove to other entrance close to trailer houses. The many warning signs about cars break in made it so uninvited that we quickly walked back to the car. This interesting nature park made my pooch roar.

Photo of anje smith anje smith
Feb 29, 2020 5

Love the outdoor and walks.. Definitely a great place to go... The bridge remained me of a park back home.. So home away from home... If you love nature definitely a place to go...

Photo of Allan Voichuk Allan Voichuk
Mar 15, 2020 5

Great place for hiking, camping and jogging. I've never seen it too crowded. It's one of my favorite places to go in the Raleigh/Durham areas.

Photo of Marky Mark Marky Mark
May 24, 2020 5

Great hiking experience. Lots of trails with several inclines and declines. Beautiful scenery, especially the river. All of this makes for a wonderful hike.

Photo of Katie Logan Katie Logan
Jun 14, 2020 5

Beautiful covered/shaded walking paths. Able to stay socially distant on trails. Parking is limited so we go early in the day on the weekend.

Photo of Mariah Smith Mariah Smith
Jun 14, 2020 5

Great trails! Fun place to take our dogs and get some good exercise with the family.

Photo of Vincent Perez-Huet Vincent Perez-Huet
Jun 23, 2020 5

Eno River Park offers a variety of trails, both short and medium, that all offer an amazing walk accompanied by the river. On a sunny day the river offers a refreshing spot to cool down and swim! A lot of different wildlife to see as well. On our walk we saw multiple turtles, a newt, two deer, and many squirrels! Definitely check this park out

Photo of Megan Gardner Megan Gardner
Jun 27, 2020 5

It's hard to believe this beautiful spot is in our back yards. Did the Cole Mountain Trail today, you enter via the back parking lot at Few's Ford. Nice loop with some river views and access. Started and ended back up at a spot where lots of people put their feet in the river and hang out!

Photo of Katelyn Sjoquist Katelyn Sjoquist
Jun 23, 2020 5

BEST OF THE BEST! Good trails, beautiful scenery, clean swimming water, and plenty of space to socially distance (LOL).

Photo of Ashley Odvody Ashley Odvody
Jun 21, 2020 5

Love the River and the walking trails. Bring your bathing suit for swimming. There are long trails and shorter trails depending on your exercise level.

Photo of James Junker James Junker
Jul 7, 2020 5

This is my favorite local hiking area. Even though it's on the edge of city limits, it's a delightful area of woods and streams. The multiple trails offer a variety of relatively flat streamside walking and rolling upland hiking - something for everyone.

Photo of Gary Bishop Gary Bishop
Jul 6, 2020 5

A nice walk. Lots of fun for the kids in the water. Busy but not crowded.

Photo of Jo Lule Jo Lule
Jul 27, 2020 5

Very beautiful and comfortable place to be. The trees provide great shade during very hot days. Nice trails, not too difficult, but definitely no cake walk either. The river is nice and cool. It's great especially after all that walking. Will absolutely go back to this place. I like going in the mid afternoon. Most people are gone by then and there is enough parking. Caution, signs are posted warning people about car thieves. Apparently you don't have to worry about dangerous animals, except some dishonest humans. Just don't leave any valuables behind or cover them up. Better yet, don't bring any. I've seen a lot of tanners around, so that's always nice to see. I enjoyed this place.

Photo of Stephen Gwynne Stephen Gwynne
Jul 25, 2020 5

Went and walked around with the wife today. Was nicer than I'd expected honestly. Swinging bridge was cool. Will be returning for sure for a longer hike- we were a little unprepared lol

Photo of Autumn Sprance Autumn Sprance
Jul 21, 2020 5

Great place to cool off with the kids. Shallow area, deeper area, small rope swing & rapids. My boys loved it!

Photo of Sharon Austin Sharon Austin
Jul 25, 2020 3

It was okay. Needed more benches on trails for rest stops and better maps for trails. Very crowded and larger parking areas.

Photo of Brittanie Hendrick Brittanie Hendrick
Jul 29, 2020 5

We had an awesome time on this trail today. Everyone was keeping their distance and enjoying the out doors. It didn’t seem like the river was closed because there were tons of people in it. We just hiked with our two year old ! The terrain was a bit tumultuous for a 2 year old but we still enjoyed ourselves and Were able to stick our feet in the water. It was a wonderful time and we will definitely be back very soon! I would highly recommend!

Photo of Felicia Perry Felicia Perry
Aug 11, 2020 5

This is my favorite place to go for hiking. Even though it's on the edge of city limits, it's a delightful area of woods and streams. The multiple trails offer a variety of relatively flat streamside walking and rolling upland hiking - something for everyone. I enjoyed thoroughly enjoyed my time with my family. Kids really enjoyed swimming in the fresh river.

Photo of Shelby Roberts Shelby Roberts
Aug 10, 2020 5

We had an absolutely blast hiking and wading in the river. Even during the summer there was plenty of parking in the lots and on the road. The kids (toddlers and elementary) loved exploring and finding critters. The small waterfalls were great for the kids to play in.

Photo of Luigi M Luigi M
Aug 12, 2020 5

One of our favorite parks in the state, and certainly as good as it gets for the Chapel Hill/Durham/Raleigh area. Great for hiking or just chilling outdoors

Photo of Alexandra Rice Alexandra Rice
Aug 17, 2020 5

Great park! Some of the trails were closed today but there was still plenty to see. We visited most of the trails and I think the Cole Mill entrance is the best. You can reach the river quickly and safely at this point. There are even stairs and rails to assist you. I did not see either upon arriving at the Pump Station access. The only restrooms are at the park office!

Photo of Harry Noriega Harry Noriega
Aug 15, 2020 5

Eno River State Park is very scenic. It has streams which where clean and shallow, making it easy to cross over. There are several different hiking trails that can be explored. Can't wait to make another trip to out there soon!

Photo of Jordan Kohman Jordan Kohman
Aug 30, 2020 5

Simple hike to the hanging bridge. Great place to hike lots of trails or sit by the river and let the kids swim around.

Photo of Glenn Fleming Glenn Fleming
Sep 11, 2020 4

It really needs some signage.

Photo of claudia aleman claudia aleman
Sep 13, 2020 5

Great place for a family hike. If you plan on going I highly recommend early, the park tends to get busier on the weekends and during Holidays.