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“An abundance of trails, water, and history.”

Eno River State Park
Ranked #10 of 76 things to do in Durham
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Sanford, North Carolina
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“An abundance of trails, water, and history.”
Reviewed March 8, 2014

A little over an hour from our home in Sanford, we explored this park on the first nice weekend of the year. We only had time to hike a couple of trails. Each trail was very different. We will definitely return with more family.

Visited March 2014
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Mebane, North Carolina
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“"Over hill, over dale, we will hit the dusty trail..."”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

What can I say about Eno River State Park that has not already been said? It's a gem, a diamond in the rough. The Triangle owes a lot to folks like the Eno River Association who helped preserve this haven on the edge of a growing urban sprawl. I am most familiar with the area around Few's Ford, on Cole Mill Rd.

I try to visit at off times; weekdays. cool overcast days, early in the day. This helps me usually find some solitude. I also try to get out away from Few's Ford and/or the Suspension Bridge, since that is where most of the folks seem to congregate, as well as the stretch of Buckquarter/Holden Mill trails that run beside the river. Ridge Trail, Cox Mountain, and Shakori Trail all seem to have less traffic, although you have to walk a little ways to get to them. If you're a real socible type, why then, you can go wherever, it won't matter. Dogs are welcome, but are required to be on a lead, and yes, the rangers will give you a ticket if they see you letting them run loose.

The trails are well maintained and well marked on the park maps you can get at the ranger's office, although they omit some of the more interesting features: old roads, cabin sites, mill sites, and even Gov. William Holden's old home place. Most of these you have to get off the beaten path to see, so mind where you're going, unless you just REALLY want to give the local search and rescue folks something to do.

I've seen deer, a gazillion squirrels and turtles, Great Blue Herons, and even a few snakes, who were kind enough to yield the trail for me. Nice rock formations along the Eno River in several places, and several pools that I suspect would yield some decent fish.

Best of all, it's free (unless you want to camp)

Visited December 2013
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UK
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“Really cool place”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

Cool little park with interesting features. Can you find the abandoned house? Climb the derelict chimney stack if you dare!

Visited November 2013
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San Jose, California
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“Nice river”
Reviewed October 14, 2013

We thought we could find canoe rental so was a bit disappointed.
The park is nice with a running river and all trails are marked clearly.

Visited October 2013
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“Holden Mill trail is great!”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

A beautiful walk on an early fall day. We saw a blue heron, lots of slider turtles, and a garter snake. The ruins of the old mill are plainly visible. Nice areas for wading, interesting rocks, quiet forest.

Visited October 2013
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