We were very proud to open the Confluence Natural Area to the public in May 2018, and we look forward to opening more trails in Durham in 2019 and 2020!
Confluence Natural Area
Open Hours: Saturdays and Sundays, from dawn until dusk
Location: 4214 Highland Farm Road, Hillsborough, NC
Trail Map and Details: (coming soon!)
This 200-acre preserve is open weekends for low-impact recreational uses, such as hiking, picnicking, and photography. Please note that the gate will be closed and locked Monday through Friday.
The Confluence Natural Area is so named because the East and West Forks of the Eno River flow from the north to merge here, thus forming the Eno River. This land has a long history stretching back to the late 1700s. Remnants of an old mill can still be visited by following the trails. In addition this section of the river is a Nationally Significant Natural Heritage area, and home to populations of multiple rare plant species. We are thankful to the landowners who worked with us to protect this piece of land, for funding from various sources to make it possible, and for volunteers who put in so many hours to prepare the site for the public.
Other Locations on the Eno
Since our establishment in 1966, we have helped to establish, expand, and steward five public parks in the Eno River basin. We are pleased to continue to partner with our local park agencies, and hope you will visit and enjoy these nearby open spaces.