Hidden Gems of the Eno

Our 2015 calendar features 12 wonderful, slightly off the beaten path places to explore along the Eno. Get outside and discover these sites of natural beauty and historical interest. Information on how to get there, maps to print out, and additional stories about what make these places special are found for each location.

How to Find the Hidden Gems

Geocaching:  If you have a GPS unit or a phone with an app that will guide you to the coordinates listed in the calendar, you are all set! Please be aware that there is no cache left at these sites, and we do not wish there to be one. We are ‘ghost-caching’- visiting these locations for the sheer joy of it, and leaving no trace of our presence. Take only pictures, leave only footprints.

Maps: If you prefer the traditional method of getting around, you can click on the links below for maps to each of the hidden gems.  If you like a topo map, visit mapper.acme.com and type in the latitude and longitude to generate a map to your liking.

Always exercise good judgment when seeking out these special places- prepare, tell someone your travel plans (park rangers love to know where you’re planning to go!), pack well, and be safe. Keep them hidden by making no path and leaving no sign you passed by.

Have you been there?

We are having a contest to see who can make it to all 12 locations in 2014. If you go, bring a camera and upload a photo to our Flickr photostream. Go to Flickr.com and upload your photos. Tag your photo as “Hidden Gems of the Eno” (you must use quotes around it!) and be sure to title each photo with your first name and last initial. Send an email to calendar@enoriver.org to let us know you are participating in the contest. We will honor those who make it to all of the locations at our annual calendar celebration at the end of the year and give you a special gift!

Hidden Gems of the Eno-2015

January – Pump Station

February – McCown-Cole Mill

March – Daffodils & Homesites

April – Willie Duke’s Bluff

May – Guess-Geer Mill


Hidden Gems of the Eno- 2014

January – Bobbitt’s Hole

February – Dunnagan’s  Grave

March – Fannie Breeze’s Homesite

April – Double Chimneys

May – Penny’s Bend

June – Sennett’s Hole

July- Inside West Point Mill

August – Fish Fry at the Steam Station

September – Holden Mill Road Settlement

October – Cabe Lands cemetery

November – Occoneechee Speedway

December – Occoneechee Quarry