Come join us for a great day of music, food, drinks, games and more at on Saturday October 5, from 3:00 – 11:00 pm featuring live music the Tan & Sober Gentlemen, Secret Monkey Weekend, the Northgate Pickers and more at the beautiful Confluence Nature Area.
Bring your family and friends to frolic and have fun in the autumnal northern Orange County countryside and help us celebrate another great year of land protection and advocacy. Overnight camping is available.
Join us for the 8th annual Eno River Run, a 6- or 11-mile autumn adventure along the trails and through the river at Eno River State Park in Durham. The course features technical single track trail, a river crossing on foot, and a short section of bouldering along rocks near the river.
Spaces are filling up quickly. Volunteers are still needed.
Seventy-seven acres of newly protected forestland will forever protect water quality and habitat along the North Fork Little River. The Eno River Association, working in partnership with a willing landowner, Orange County, the City of Raleigh, and the City of Durham, has placed a permanent conservation easement on the property located a mile upstream of Little River Regional Park, and less than five miles upstream of Durham’s Little River Reservoir. This land lies within the zone designated by Orange County as the Little River Protected Watershed and as a priority by the City of Durham Land Conservation for its Water Quality Protection Model.
The new conservation easement protects approximately 3,300 feet (0.6 miles) of frontage along the North Fork Little River and 2,300 feet (0.4 miles) of frontage along the river’s Tapley Creek tributary, and permanently extinguishes the landowner’s rights to develop the property. This conserved land will be maintained as forest and riparian habitat for plants and wildlife native to the North Carolina Piedmont. The Eno River Association and Orange County will co-hold the easement.
The Little River is a major tributary of the Eno River, flowing into the Eno between Penny’s Bend and Falls Lake Reservoir. The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program has rated the Little River’s aquatic habitat as being “of state significance.” Little River Regional Park lies on the boundary between Durham and Orange counties, and was created as a joint project between the two counties, the Eno River Association, and Triangle Land Conservancy. Durham’s Little River Reservoir is a primary drinking water resource for the city.
The remains of former rock dams are evident in two places along the river on the property. One of the dams is upstream of a former mill site. An earthen mill race with periodic rock supports runs parallel to the river approximately 1,000 feet eastward before entering the mill site. The remains of the mill include a rock foundation, sluiceway, and an iron shaft and gear works that once turned to operate the mill. According to documents in the possession of the landowner, the mill was built for the Smith family in 1809. Smith Mill, later Wagoner Mill, was one of many mills that operated in rural Orange County before the 20th century. The remnants of this will now be protected from future development.
Eno River Association Adds 93.38 Acres to Eno River State Park
THE WILDFLOWER HIKE FOR MAY 12 ON OCCONEECHEE MOUNTAIN IS CANCELLED DUE TO THE PROBABILITY OF STORMS
On December 19, 2019 the fascinating and important 87-acre Bacon Quarry property became part of Eno River State Park. The property has been a priority for acquisition by NC State Parks for a number of years. Until the sale this month it had been owned by descendants of the Bacon family for more than a hundred years. READ MORE
A tradition since 1971 of the Eno River Association is our popular New Year’s Day Hike. We gather together as one Eno family and take either a short, family-friendly hike or a longer, more adventurous one at the Eno River State Park. Read More…
RELICS OF THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE – 2019 ENO RIVER CALENDAR
The 2019 Eno River Calendar is out and looks great. This year we celebrate things left behind by the people who live along the river long ago like this farm implement hidden near Pleasant Green Road in Orange County. For more information about the calendar visit: http://www.enoriver.org/store/calendar/