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Confluence Natural Area

Open Hours: NOW OPEN 7 DAYS PER WEEK FROM DAWN TO DUSK

Location: 4214 Highland Farm Road, Hillsborough, NC

Trail Map and Details. Please note: we are recommending hikers use trails in the clockwise direction to reduce contact. More information is available at the trail head kiosk.

This 200-acre preserve is open for low-impact recreational uses, such as hiking, picnicking, and photography.

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.

Free and open to the public! You can help maintain this natural area and build the trail system with your membership gift today.

Check out GetGoingNC’s video exploration of the Confluence!

Confluence skies

Since our establishment in 1966, we have helped to create, 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.

Other Locations on the Eno

Eno River State Park

Little River Regional Park

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Penny’s Bend State Natural Area

West Point on the Eno Durham City Park