Join us as we celebrate another great year!

November 11, 2014

JamborEno Holiday Potluck Party

106mainDecember 7,  5—7 pm at
106 Main Street – Durham’s Downtown Pub
Celebrating the release of the fabulous
2015 Eno River Association Calendar: More Hidden Gems of the Eno.
Food, Drink and Merriment!!!

Anyone and everyone can join us for this fun-filled evening of music, food, friends, and Eno merriment.

  • 5:00 Live music begins. Bring a dish to share for the potluck and grab a drink at the cash bar!
  • Our fabulous 2015 More Hidden Gems of the Eno calendar will be for sale. 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, and it makes a great holiday gift!

Call the ERA office: (919) 620-9099 or email Association “at” Eno River “dot” org for more info!

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

2015 Hidden Gems Calendar Now Available

October 28, 2014

2015hiddengemsThe 2015 Eno River Calendar is now available at local retailers in Hillsborough, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Raleigh! It makes a great gift at $13 including tax, and bulk discounts are available for purchases of 10 or more. Read on for more info and a link to store locations.

“More Hidden Gems of the Eno” is a beautiful wall calendar featuring places we love that are slightly off the beaten path. Each month highlights a different locale with GPS coordinates, maps, and stories about what makes each place special. Calendar info is also linked to additional web content at More Hidden Gems of the Eno. Get outside and discover these sites of natural beauty and historical interest!

Retail locations can be found here. 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. Last year’s calendar sold out before December 31, so don’t wait to buy yours! For more information, contact Liz Stabenow at 919-620-9099, x 204 or

The Eno calendar has been published since 1972. 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 River Association – a nationally accredited land trust – has saved nearly 7,000 acres and helped create five public parks in Durham and Orange counties that are used by over a half million residents and visitors each year. Not only that, over 640,000 people and businesses benefit from our efforts to keep local drinking water supplies clean. None of this would be possible without broad community support. Thank you!

Annual Meeting: Insiders Outside at the Confluence Natural Area

October 13, 2014

West Fork of the Upper Eno River at the Confluence Natural Area, photo by Kathy Lee

Please join the Eno River Asssociation for our 2014 Annual Meeting & a behind the scenes tour of the Confluence Natural Area Saturday, October 18.
3:30 Brief business meeting to elect officers
4-5:30  Guided tour of the property & refreshments

The address is 4214 Highland Farm Rd., Hillsborough, NC 27278.
Beer, non-alcoholic beverages, and light refreshments will be served in the open air. The confluence, and extraordinary 179-acre property with four miles of river and stream footage, is not open to the public and has not formal trails. Dress for the weather and wear walking shoes or hiking boots. Feel free to bring friends & family! For more information, call us at 919-620-9099 or email

(Rescheduled from October 19)

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.


Thousands Attend 35th Annual Festival

July 1, 2014

Festival Dancers 2014

With temperatures in the 80′s, we definitely won the weather lottery at this year’s Festival for the Eno. Thanks to the thousands of vendors, exhibitors, volunteers, and attendees for coming out in support of our watershed-wide conservation efforts!

If you missed the party but want to support water quality, wildlife, and getting kids off the couch and in touch with nature, it’s not too late! Click here or click on the Donate Now button on our homepage. It’s easy to make a secure gift that will have a positive and lasting impact on our community!

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.