New Year’s Day & Winter Hikes on the Eno

December 16, 2014

Hikes begin at 2:00 pm Thursday, January 1, 2015
Please allow 20 minutes to walk from the parking area to the gathering point.

Photo by Ed Clayton

Photo by Ed Clayton

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. Each year on January 1st the Eno River Association sponsors a fun-filled afternoon of guided hikes, refreshments and merriment. This year we will offer two hike options, a longer 4-5 mile hike as well as a shorter, approximately 2 mile route. There will be something for everyone, so come one, come all and enjoy New Year’s Day at the Eno!

The New Year’s Day hike starts from the Eno River State Park Headquarters (Few’s Ford Access area-6101 Cole Mill Rd. 27705) at the very end of Cole Mill Road northwest of Durham. From I-85 Cole Mill Road Exit, drive 5.7 miles north on Cole Mill Road until it ends in the picnic parking lot at the end of the road. Hot chocolate, marshmallows, and popcorn will be served around the fire at the end of the hike. For more information and directions, visit our New Year’s Day Hike page.

Our hikes continue every Sunday through May and explore a new area of the Eno each week. To learn more about our winter and spring hikes, click here.

Donate Your Old Vehicle & Benefit the River

December 4, 2014

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?

Member’s Sale ~ Dec. 10 & 11 ~ Great deals to support a great cause

December 1, 2014

-1Looking for a gift for a friend, loved one, or yourself? We have Eno River tee shirts, bandanas, 2015 calendars, hats, water bottles and more to meet your shopping needs. We will be in the office to take your orders from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm each day.
All posters are 1/2 price. Tee shirts are only $14 each.
How does it work?
Go to: -  to see a list of available designs and download an order form.
Mail, email or fax the form to us Discounts on tees & posters are only available during our member’s sale. Not a member? You can join on the spot and help protect the Eno with a gift that gives twice.

Help us Meet the Truck Challenge

November 30, 2014

An anonymous donor has offered to match every dollar donated to the Eno River Association’s Truck Fund up to $10,000. The money raised will help us buy a new or lightly used 4-wheel drive truck, which we desperately need to do our land protection and stewardship work. Help us meet this challenge with a gift to our Truck Fund today! Simply click the Donate Now button and select the “Truck Fund” option.

Eno River Tour -paddle the Eno in 2015!

November 17, 2014

New in 2015! The Eno River Tour is a series of canoe trips on the Eno. Join Frog Hollow and Eno River Association as we make our way down the Eno River. Starting at Hillsborough, each month we will paddle a new section of the Eno River River until it ends in Falls Lake. Over these various trips we will discover the hidden gem that is the Eno, let your imagination go wild as you paddle past areas that used to be home to Shakori, Occaneechi, and Eno American Indians, check out 867′ Occoneechee Mountain, watch turtles sunbathe, and more!  Register today for these paddle trips at the Frog Hollow Outdoors website.

Photo by James Hill

Photo by James Hill

May 23 Hillsborough
June 7
– Occoneechee Mountain area
July 26 – West Point on the Eno Night Paddle
August 29 – West Point to Penny’s Bend
September 26 – Penny’s Bend to Redmill Road
October 3 – Three Rivers Area exploration

JamborEno Holiday Potluck Party

November 11, 2014

Join us as we celebrate another great year!

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Sunday December 7
5:00 — 7:00 pm

106 East Main Street – Durham’s Downtown Pub
(public parking is available at the corners of Main and Corcoran Streets and Chapel Hill and Mangum Streets)

We will be celebrating the protection of more land and the release of the fabulous 2015 More Hidden Gems of the Eno Calendar. This year’s calendar is a fresh new geo-caching guide that gets you off the beaten path to explore hidden places along the Eno. It makes a great holiday gift!

Call the ERA office: (919) 620-9099 or email Association “at” Eno River “dot” org for more info 9am – 5pm, Monday-Friday.

2015 Hidden Gems Calendar Now Available

October 28, 2014

2015hiddengemsThe 2015 “More Hidden Gems of the Eno” wall calendar is now available at Triangle retailers! It makes a great gift at $13 including tax. Bulk discounts are available for purchases of 10 or more.

Each month of the calendar highlights a different locale with GPS coordinates, maps, and stories about what makes each place along the Eno special. Calendar info is linked to additional web content. Get outside and discover these sites of natural beauty and historical interest!

Click here for a list of retail locations. Calendars can also be purchased at the Eno River Association office at 4404 Guess Rd., Durham NC 27712 during office hours (M-F, 9am – 5pm). Take care of your entire holiday shopping list and enjoy a $1 discount off each calendar by purchasing 10 or more. For more information, contact Liz Stabenow at 919-620-9099, x 204 or

Calendar sales support the conservation of land, water, and wildlife, important habitat restoration along the Eno, the expansion of Eno River State Park, and our efforts to connect more kids and adults with nature. The Eno calendar has been published since 1972.

Hydrilla: The Eno River’s #1 Enemy

September 9, 2014

Hydrilla, a fast-spreading non-native weed, is threatening our river!

  • It is growing in dense mats, affecting swimming, paddling, and fishing
  • It is crowding out our native plants
  • It is making it hard for large native game fish like White Bass to thrive
  • It is encouraging the growth of toxic blue-green algae that can threaten local birds

To learn more about efforts to monitor & control Hydrilla, visit our Hydrilla webpage.IMG_0064In 2011, Eno River State Park rangers worked with iWalk the Eno Summer Camp volunteers to hand-pull Hydrilla.


More Critical Land and Water Protected

June 18, 2014
Eno River at Freeman property photo by Mike Salemi

Eno River at Freeman property
photo by Mike Salemi

Over four acres was added to Eno River State Park in Durham County at the end of December, thanks to a land purchase completed by the Eno River Association last June. The Association also protected two more properties last September totaling 101 acres in Orange County. Approximately half this land adjoins Eno River State Park and protects Buckquarter Creek, a major tributary of the river.  The other half is located along the West Fork of Eno in Cedar Grove upstream of Hillsborough’s water supply. These projects would not have been possible without the generous support of our donors, the landowners, Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program, the Town of Hillsborough, the City of Raleigh, the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina.