77 Acres Protected Along Little River

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

Spring Wildflower Hikes Series

The Eno River Association invites you to enjoy the Eno this spring with our Spring Hike Series, a tradition since 1969.  Our spring hikes will showcase the wildflowers… LEARN MORE

ENO RIVER SUITE

John Bachmann tells the Eno River Story in soaring vocals and stirring video set to his original song ENO RIVER SUITE. (Click on the top title to see the uncropped version on YouTube).

New Year’s Day Hike

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.
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Tee Shirts and Posters for the holidays!

 

As a “Thanks” , we are offering  shirts and posters at a big discount to our fabulous members! Posters are 1/2 price and range from $5 to $25. Tees are only $20!

Quantities are limited. Availability is “first come-first served “.

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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/

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

Confluence Natural Area Now Open

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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!
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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!