winter hike series

Photo by David Page

Eno winter hikes start on January 1st each year with the annual New Year’s Day hike (more info…) and continue each Sunday afternoon from January 3 – February 28, 2016 (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.

January 3, 2016
Eno River State Park
Holden Mill & Buckquarter Creek Hike
2:00 pm      Take a hike on the Buckquarter Creek and Holden Mill trails. This leisurely-paced hike will cover about 6 miles and includes some moderate hills and a little bouldering. The hike will include some pretty winter views and you will hear about the mill itself and the history of protecting this part of Eno River State Park.
Directions: Meet at the Piper-Cox house parking lot at the Few’s Ford entrance of Eno River State Park.

January 10, 2016
Hillsborough Riverwalk
Fitness Hike
2:00 pm            Stay warm and maintain your fitness level with a fast-paced 3-mile hike. We’ll hike straight through with no breaks. Waiting in the cold is no fun so please arrive 10-15-minutes early to sign in and tighten your shoelaces. We begin our hike promptly at 2 pm. Be sure to layer appropriately.
Directions: Meet at the Riverwalk entrance near the parking garage on South Churton Street in Hillsborough.

January 17, 2016
Eno River State Park, Cabelands Trail
Cabelands History Hike
2:00 pm            This hike will take you along the Cabelands trail, near the 18th century Cabe mill site. Rhodes Creek joins the Eno near this point and there are lovely views of rocks and rapids in the river. We may take a peak at the Eno quarry or Drowning Horse Pond if time allows. The history of this area is rich, with the Cabe family homesite and cemetery just off the trail nearby.
Directions: Meet at Cabe Lands Access off Howe St.

January 24, 2016 Rescheduled: April 3, 2016
Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve
Mountains-to-Sea Trail on the Eno History Hike
2:00 pm  Hike on Mountains to Sea Trail to the historic ford where the University Road/New Hope Road crossed the Eno.  Hikers would have the opportunity to learn about this historic road that ran from the Pittsboro Court House, through the eventual site of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and on to its junction with the Trading Path at the plantation of Snow Hill.  This hike would meet at the Penny’s Bend parking area and hike upstream on the Eno for 2 miles to the ford and then return to the parking area, making this a four-mile hike. Due to the fact that this part of the MST is outside the Eno River State Park and has no rangers to enforce a leash law, dog owners have been known to let their dogs run free.  To avoid unwanted dog confrontations, it is highly recommended that hikers not bring their dogs on this hike.
Directions: Meet at the Parking lot for Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve.

January 31, 2016
Eno River State Park
Cox Mountain Hike
2:00 pm            Join us for a climb- up and over Cox Mountain, the highest point in Eno River State Park. The trail is somewhat steep at points. We will hike over the mountain and then return along the Eno River, with some nice views of the river. During our hike, learn more about the geology of the Eno and the history of the Cox family.
Directions: Meet at the circular parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Road, the Few’s Ford access to Eno River State Park.

February 7, 2016
Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail
Speedway History & River Hike
2:00 pm            The Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail is a 44 acre site on the National Register of Historic Places. Three miles of trails takes you along the banks of the Eno River where you’ll walk around the only surviving speedway from NASCAR’s inaugural 1949 season. The towers and seats from racing days are still visible alongside the beautiful river and woodlands where you will walk.
Directions: The Historic Occoneechee Speedway is at 320 Elizabeth Brady Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278.

February 14, 2016
Eno River State Park, Laurel Bluffs Trail
2:00 pm            The Laurel Bluffs trail features lovely views of the river from high, rocky bluffs as well as habitat that supports a population of Mountain Laurel. This rolling, hilly trail also passes by historic ruins of the Guess Geer Mill, with views across the river to the remains of the mill dam. We may see laurels in bloom and great views of the river.
Directions: Directions: Meet at the Eno River Association office at 4404 Guess Rd., Durham, NC 27712. If you are heading north on Guess Rd., the office is on the right immediately after you cross the bridge over the Eno River.

February 21, 2016
Eno River State Park, Few’s Ford Access
Fannie Breeze Homestead History Hike
2:00 pm           Hike to the homesite of Fannie Breeze.  On this three-mile hike hikers will learn about the life of Fannie Breeze, a former slave and practicing midwife in the Eno valley. There is a chance that the jonquils/daffodils will be in bloom.
Directions: Meet at the circular parking lot at the end of Cole Mill Road, the Few’s Ford access to Eno River State Park.

February 28, 2016
Pump Station History Hike
2:00 pm            Stroll through history on this hike featuring Durham’s first public drinking water source. Eno River Association board member Milo Pyne will lead the hike to the old Pumping Station and set the record straight on how things worked. Time permitting, we will hike the remainder of the 1.5 mile loop. Pump Station was the hidden gem for the month of January in the 2015 Hidden Gems of the Eno calendar. 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.
Directions: Meet at the parking lot of the Northside Christian Church. The physical address is 3901 Colle Mill Rd., Durham NC 27712.

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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