Have fun wading in the Eno River, catch and identify critters (or just look at what others catch), play games while learning what wild creatures are in the woods, and get free popsicles and cold bottled water. Free Eno River bracelet kits for kids. Join Eno River Association volunteers and staff for a great afternoon at Fews Ford.  We will have net and tubs to loan out and experts to help you. This is a drop in, come and go as you please event. We will have nets, tubs, water shoes, tanks, guides, and games. Free for all ages and open to everyone.

Saturday, September 22, 2018: 1-4PM

Location: Eno River State Park Fews Ford Access, 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC   27705 – enter the park gate and take the 2nd right, park at the Piper-Cox House and walk the path down to the river.


7th annual Eno Run – Oct. 27, 2018

Join us for the 7th 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.

Click here for more info.

1st Annual Eno River Run

West Point Park Closed Due to Inclement Weather

We hope everyone fared the winds and flooding of Florence safely and with little damage.  The waters are receding but West Point City Park is closed until further notice.  Water levels were less than was feared but flood levels still reached more than 2 feet into the main floor at the West Point Mill.  Eno River State Park has reopened but some trails or areas may be off limits.  The Confluence Natural Area will open as usual this weekend.


Eno River upstream of Guess Rd (1:15pm, 917/18)

Guess Rd (1:15pm, 9/17/18)

The mill at West Point (2:00pm, 9/17/18) High Water mark ~ 2' higher.

West Point (2:00pm, 9/17/18) High Water mark ~ 3′ higher.

Confluence Natural Area Now Open

Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the grand opening of our Confluence Natural Area, just north of downtown Hillsborough. It is now open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from dawn till dusk. It is closed and locked during the week. For more information, see our new ‘Visit Us’ page.

Festival for the Eno – Thanks!

With the help of over 400 committed volunteers to paint faces, pour drinks, tighten ropes, mold clay, model t-shirts, sort compost, manage stages, sell tickets, and so much more, the 2018 Festival for the Eno is now in the books!
Thousands of attendees enjoyed Festival attractions at West Point on the Eno Durham City Park on two beautiful days last week. Early storms on Saturday cleared by early afternoon to blue skies and cool temperatures on one of the most pleasant days in Festival history!
Net proceeds from the Festival for the Eno help protect more lands along the Eno River. Thanks for all you did to support our largest annual event!

Seeking AmeriCorps Member

The Eno River Association is excited to be a host site for an AmeriCorps member for a second year! Thank you to the good folks at Conservation Trust for North Carolina for making this program possible.

We are seeking a Conservation and Education AmeriCorps Coordinator. The selected candidate will get in-depth experience stewarding conservation lands and organizing volunteers, as well as experience conducting environmental education programs. The position is time-limited and will begin October 1, 2018 and end July 31, 2019.  The application deadline is June 15, 2018.  Click here for the application and more details.

Skating into the New Year

The recent cold weather brought a dusting of snow to the Eno, along with hikers, sledders, runners and the occasional skater; taking advantage of a unique opportunity to explore the river.

We’ve Added More Land To Our Confluence Natural Area!

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On December 19 the Eno River Association added 22.6 acres to its 180-acre Confluence Natural Area in Orange County, and at the same time accepted the donation of a permanent Conservation Easement on an additional 19 acres. Click here to read more.

We’ve Got Exciting News!

Help us raise $123,000 by December 31

Eno River

We’ve got exciting news to share! We’re acquiring 23 more acres of land and placing an additional 19 acres under a permanent conservation easement along the East Fork of the Eno River in northern Orange County in December. All 42 acres adjoin our Confluence Natural Area, expanding our protected lands in this one location to over 220 acres and nearly 5 miles of riverfront.

Now, we need to recharge our coffers so we can spring into action when the next great property becomes available. We also need to implement our expanded stewardship goals for The Confluence Natural Area now that we’ve enlarged its boundaries. You can help us raise the money we need by year’s end. We need a 1-2-3 punch: $70,000 for operations, $50,000 for our land protection efforts, and $3,000 for stewardship, for a total of $123,000 by December 31. Your gift today will help us reach the goal!


IMG_5137-reducedPanthers Branch, just upstream from its confluence with the Eno River

On Monday, May 17, the Eno River Association acquired 56 acres and over a mile of riparian corridors along the Upper Eno and two tributary streams in Orange County. The move will safeguard local drinking water and further the protection of undeveloped forestland in the Eno River watershed in the Neuse River basin.

“This beautiful tract has an astonishing amount of river frontage,” says Executive Director Robin Jacobs. “We are very grateful to the landowners, who worked with their realtor to contact us before putting the land on the open market.”

The acquired property has nearly seven tenths of a mile of frontage on the Eno and an additional 2,200 linear feet along two tributaries, including an unnamed stream and Panthers Branch. The land lies north of US Hwy 70 West and is upstream of Corporation Lake and Lake Ben Johnston, which provide drinking water for Orange and Alamance counties as well as the Town of Hillsborough.

The project also benefits over a half million residents and businesses downstream. From its headwaters in northwestern Orange County, the Eno River flows 33 miles through Hillsborough, then Durham, and into Falls Lake, the primary water supply for the City of Raleigh and other Wake County communities. The newly protected stretch of river is also home to numerous rare aquatic species. A NC Significant Natural Heritage Area, it provides habitat for freshwater mussels and fish, including the Atlantic pigtoe, creeper, notched rainbow, and Carolina darter.

Support for the project has been provided by the City of Raleigh, the Eno River Association’s Allen Lloyd Fund for the Protection of the Upper Eno, the Margaret C. Nygard Land Acquisition Fund, and most importantly, the landowners. Grants and contributions are still being sought to defray $285,000 in the organization’s remaining out-of-pocket costs.

Support this project donate now button“The Eno River Association and its members are proud to be able to bring about this land acquisition,” says Barbara Driscoll, President of the Association. “These public-private-nonprofit partnerships are increasingly important in our land protection efforts. Conserving private lands is absolutely necessary to protect water quality and rural landscapes.”

The Eno River Association is a nationally accredited land trust that has protected more than 7,130 acres for public parks and natural resources conservation on private land in Durham and Orange counties. It is well known for its Festival for the Eno, held annually since 1980 over Independence Day weekend. The event raises funds for land and water protection and public awareness about local conservation issues.