winter hike series

Photo by David Page

Eno winter hikes have been a tradition since 1971 and start on January 1st with the annual New Year’s Day hike (more info…) and continue each Sunday afternoon through February (Sunday hikes continue from March through early May with a wildflower theme-  Click here for more info).

The following hikes start at 2:00 pm unless otherwise listed and are geared towards adults, but children are welcome with an accompanying adult. Well-behaved dogs are permitted but they must be kept on leash at all times. We will be introducing additional new hikes and programs starting this winter and continuing into the spring. Look for updates in our monthly enewsletter and here at

  • Free, no registration required.
  • Hike schedule is subject to change. Check back here before each hike to confirm hike details and meeting locations or call 919-620-9099 for recorded updates. Dial extension 211 to get the most up to date information on hike.
  • Some access areas for these hikes have limited parking. Carpooling is encouraged whenever possible.
  • Click here for links to maps of trail access points along the Eno.


Eno River State Park
Buckquarter Creek Hike 1.5 miles
2:00 pm      Hike one of the Eno’s loveliest and most popular trails!  Just 1.5 miles long, it winds through the woods and along the river, passing by the “Cascades”  a stretch of rapids emptying in a wide pool known as the Baptizing Hole, and follows historical road beds.
Directions: Meet at the Piper-Cox house parking lot at the Few’s Ford entrance of Eno River State Park.  The address is 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC   27705

January 15, 2017
Hillsborough Riverwalk
Haiku on the Eno Hike 3 miles
2:00 pm            Enjoy a 3-mile hike on picturesque trails from downtown Hillsborough to the Occoneechee Speedway and back. A few brief stops will provide time to compose and allow others spontaneously inspired to catch up. A local writer will be present to offer tips on Haiku prior to, during, and after the hike. Full and partial poems ( lines from the latter may be combined to form a poem ) submitted to and reviewed by our guest writer may be featured at venues in 2017, with possible inclusion of one in the 2018 Eno River Calendar. Please bring writing materials suitable for conditions.
Directions: Meet at the Riverwalk entrance near the parking garage on South Churton Street in Hillsborough.

January 22, 2017
Eno River State Park, Fews Ford Access
Hike to the Ford 2.1 miles
2:00 pm           From the modern swinging cable foot bridge to historic Fanny’s Ford, millions of people have found a way to cross the Eno River.  We’ll cross over the bridge but not the ford, so no worries about wet feet!  Between crossings sites, we’ll hike through mature hardwood forest, intersect with the old Hillsborough Coach Road, view historic sites, and observe forest life.   This easy hike from the parking area is to Fanny’s Ford and back.                                                      Directions: Meet at Fews Ford Picnic Area at the end of Cole Mill Road.  The address is 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC   27705

January 29, 2017
Eno River State Park, Fews Ford Access                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cox Mountain Trail 4.1 miles
2:00 pm  The Cox Mountain/Few’s Ford hike is a moderately strenuous hike.  It begins in the large parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Road at the Park Headquarters.  It then crosses the swinging bridge, goes over Cox Mountain, and returns along the river.  The leader will discuss the geology, animal life, and history of human habitation of the area.  We will walk a newly re-routed section of the trail as it is being renovated to eliminate old, badly eroded sections.  Directions: Meet at the Fews Ford Picnic Area at the end of Cole Mill Road.  The address is 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC   27705

February 5, 2017
Eno River State Park, Fews Ford Access
Bird Watching Hike   2 miles
2:00 pm          We will hike a loop trail around Fews Ford to look and listen for winter birds.  The loop is about two miles on easy trails.  The trail may be muddy and wet so wear appropriate shoes and long pants.  Bring water and snacks if needed.  An extra set of binoculars will be provided.  Hike leader Tom Driscoll is an avid birdwatcher – over 30 years!  He is the past president of the New Hope Audubon Society and have led many bird walks and teaches bird identification courses.
Directions: Meet at the Fews Ford Picnic Area at the end of Cole Mill Road.  The address is 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC   27705

February 12, 2017
Pump Station Trail 1.5 miles
2:00 pm          Stroll though history on this hike featuring Durham’s first public drinking water source.   Building foundations and dams still surface in the woods, river, and creek.  Portions of the hike will be off-trail, some sections may be steep, muddy, or on rough terrain. you may want a walking stick, and sturdy shoes are a must.Time permitting, we will hike the remainder of the 1.5 mile loop.

Directions:  Meet at and carpool from Northside Christian Church, 3901 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27712

February 19, 2017

Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve 2 miles
2:00 pm     Join us for a roughly 2-mile loop that follows a remarkably sharp and peaceful curve in the Eno River. Outside the bounds of the Eno River State Park and downstream of West Point on the Eno, this is one of the quietest and least-trafficked bits of the river and a genuinely peaceful place.   A different geology, in the triassic basin, with diabase rock, results in a much different environment than most of the Eno River valley.                                                                        Directions:  Meet in the Penny’s Bend parking lot on Snowhill Road near the intersection with Old Oxford Highway.  The address is 2707 Old Oxford Road, Durham but the parking lot is around the corner on Snowhill.

February 26, 2017
Eno River State Park, Few’s Ford Access
Fannie Breeze Homestead History Hike 3 miles
2:00 pm           We will use a combination of hiking on and off park trails to reach the homesite of Fannie Breeze.  The foundation remains of this homesite lie on top of a bluff overlooking the Eno River.  Fannie Breeze was a slave to the white Breeze family in the 1800s and was a practicing midwife up and down the Eno River.  After Emancipation, she continued her services to people of all races.  She was an important member of Pleasant Green United Methodist Church and was instrumental in the founding of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church on Pleasant Green Road.  If we a lucky, daffodils/jonquils planted during Fannie Breeze’s time will be in bloom at the homesite.
Directions: Meet at the Fews Ford Picnic Area at the end of Cole Mill Road.  The address is 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC   27705.

Eno River Association Hikes Info

1. Hikes are free but we encourage hikers to become a member of the Eno River Association!

2. Hikes start at 2:oo pm at a different location each week unless otherwise listed.

3. Plan to arrive at least 10 minutes early to park, get to the meeting location, and sign in with the hike leaders.

4. Wear closed-toe walking shoes or boots.

5. Recommendations

  • Dress for the weather, whatever it is – sun or rain, cold or hot.
  • Wear long pants due to some poison ivy on off-trail sections.
  • Bring water and trail snacks (you will be out for ~2 hrs+).
  • There are some great photo ops, so consider bringing a camera.

Our Sunday hikes continue from March through early May with a wildflower theme. Click here for more info.



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