Tickets available for the Eno’s 50th Anniversary Benefit & Celebration!

Gala-BannerIt’s time to boogie ’til you drop! We’re celebrating our 50th anniversary of protecting land and water and raising money with an event you won’t want to miss. Join the Eno River Association and Honorary Co-Chairs Chuck Davis, Representative David Price, Katherine Skinner, Orrin Pilkey, and Paula Alexander as we kick off the next 50 years of conservation in our community.

at the Washington Duke Inn
3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham NC
Cocktails at 6 pm; dinner, dancing, and silent auction to follow
With live music featuring 70s cover band

Tickets, reserved tables and sponsorships now available!

We want you to Take a Hike!

Ann Prince confluence hikeThe Eno River Association has been leading people out to hike and explore the Eno for the last 50 years. We hope everyone will take advantage of the miles of trails along the river in 2016 and Take a Hike! Our New Year’s Day Hike is a popular tradition- we offer two hikes on January 1 with cocoa, marshmallows and popcorn by the fire afterwards. This year, you can log your hikes in our virtual log book and participate in our 50 Hikes on the Eno Challenge- to get out and hike on the Eno 50 times in 2016! Log your hikes here and find out more about the challenge. We can help you decide where to go- check out our Winter Hike Series and Spring Hike Series if you want to learn more about the nature and history of the Eno.

Another Piece Added to the Park Puzzle!


On December 30th, the Eno River Association acquired 6.4 acres of land for addition into the Eno River State Park.  The property straddles the Durham – Orange county line off Sparger Road.  The Association purchased the property from local landowner Curtis Crosby using funds donated to the Association’s Margaret C. Nygard Land Acquisition Fund.  Many of the more recent gifts made to the fund were in memory of Margaret Nygard’s husband, Holger Nygard, who died in the spring of this year.  Though small, the property provides an important forested buffer to the Eno River and increased connectivity for wildlife in an area where the park was very narrow along the river.  This section of the Eno is designated as a Significant Natural Heritage Area by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, partly due to rare mussels like the Atlantic pigtoe, Yellow lampmussel, and Eastern lampmussel that live there.  The land is surrounded by the State Park on two sides and comes within 150-feet of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail which runs along the river. The property will protect the view-shed of the trail by providing a scenic buffer from the adjacent residential developments and Sparger Road.

New Year’s Day Hikes on the Eno

NYD Hike 2015 mom and child12:30-1:30 Black Eyed Peas being served – come early, while they last!

Hikes begin at 2:00 pm Friday, January 1, 2016

Please allow 20 minutes to walk from the parking area to the gathering point.


 The Eno River New Year’s Day Hike is as traditional to the Triangle’s first day of the year as black-eyed peas and resolutions. This year, we’ll be serving black eyed peas to kick off the new year right- come early, when they’re gone, they’re gone!
More info, directions, and maps on our New Year’s Day Hike page.

NYD Hike 2015 bridge

Eno Art & Poetry Exhibition at Hillsborough Gallery of Art


Eno In Fall by Gallery Artist Ellie Reinhold

“FLOW”, a unique poetry/art exhibition, runs from January 25 – February 21 with an opening reception on Friday January 29, 6:00-9:00pm. The exhibition will feature the work of the Gallery Artists as well as the poetry of local Writers.

“Flow” is dedicated to the Eno River Association, a local organization whose mission is to conserve and protect the natural, cultural, and historic resources of the Eno River Basin. All art and poetry included in the show will deal with or be inspired by Nature or the Environment or the River. During the month the work is displayed, donations to the Eno River Association will be accepted at the gallery’s front desk.

2016 Calendars available now- 50 Years of Protecting the Eno

EnoCalendarCover-WebNeed a great way to kick off 2016- the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Eno River Association? Need to hang some beautiful photos on your wall? Need a bunch of little squares to write birthdays on? We’ve got you covered! Pick up your Eno calendar at these fine local shops or the Association office on Guess Road. Email for more info or visit the calendar webpage here.

Donate Your Old Vehicle & Benefit the River

If you have an old car, boat, RV, jet ski, motorcycle, or other vehicle taking up space in your driveway or garage, you can now donate it to the Eno River Association and support the permanent protection of land, water and wildlife in our community. We have partnered with CARS to make the process as easy as possible. Just call 855-500-7433 or fill out this simple web form. CARS will come to your house and tow or haul the vehicle away, give you a receipt for tax purposes, and send Eno River Association a check. So, what are you waiting for?

Land on the Banks of Pea Creek Protected

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Eno River Association has completed the acquisition of the 17.52 acre Rees Property in eastern Orange County, about 1000 feet east of Eno River State Park.  Joe Rees, who served on the Eno River Association’s board from 1996 to 1999, donated the property to the Association. The Rees property is identified as a high priority parcel, within the top 2% of all properties in the Eno basin, in the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative watershed protection plan. The forested property will provide wildlife habitat and permanent stream buffer protection for approximately 2,480 linear feet along Pea Creek, a major tributary of the Eno River.  Joe Rees’ generous land donation is enhanced by a grant from City of Raleigh to the Association’s stewardship endowment as part of the City’s program to protect the headwaters of Falls Lake.

Video of the city sewer spill at Eno

Here’s what the damage and continued impact of the City of Durham Sewer spill looked like 5 days later (Friday, 1/16/2015).  Here’s a link in case you’d like to make a donation.

Failed Durham Sewer Main Damages Eno River Association Headquarters – Video Below

Over January 10-11 weekend,  a city sewer main serving much of north Durham backed up, flooding the offices of the Eno River Association and Festival for the Eno with untreated sewage and causing major damage to the building. When staff arrived at the office Monday morning January 12, they found sewage spewing from the toilets and flowing throughout the building.

A video of some of the damages is below.

An extensive environmental cleanup  was required and visitors were asked to stay away until things at 4404 Guess Road returned to normal. The Association temporarily moved to space at the offices of Epting and Hackney Attorneys in Chapel Hill.

Repairs, which will included partial demolition and reconstruction of the building’s interior, took several months. Most of the $100,000 cost was not be covered by insurance.