February- Dunnagan’s Grave

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Latitude 36º 3′ 53.3″ N/
February_CU Longitude 78º 58′ 1.2″ W

How to get there:

DRIVING DIRECTIONS to Dunnagan’s Grave from I-85: take Exit 173, Cole Mill Road. Head north on Cole Mill Rd. away from Hillsborough Rd. In 3 miles, you will cross the Eno River. Take the next right onto Umstead Road. In 0.6 miles, turn right onto Continental Drive. In 0.6 miles, look for a park gate and roadside parking on the right (do not block the gate). This is primarily a neighborhood access, not a regular park access, so parking is limited. The physical address is 411 Continental Drive, Durham NC 27712.

DRIVING DIRECTIONS to Dunnagan’s Grave from 147 N & 15/501 N: take Exit 16A off 147 N or Exit 108D off 15/501 N. The exit ramp for 147 will merge into Exit 108D, stay in your lane. If you are coming from 15/501, get in the right lane. As you are coming up the exit ramp, stay in one of the two left lanes. At the top of the ramp, turn left onto Hillsborough Road. In 0.3 miles, at the second stoplight from the exit, turn right onto Cole Mill Road. In 3 miles, you will cross the Eno River. Take the next right onto Umstead Road. In 0.6 miles, turn right onto Continental Drive. In another 0.6 miles, look for a park gate and roadside parking on the right (do not block the gate). This is primarily a neighborhood access, not a regular park access, so parking is limited. The physical address is 411 Continental Drive, Durham NC 27712.
If you want to park at a main access and/or want a longer hike, then use the Cole Mill Access (see January driving directions).

HIKING DIRECTIONS to Dunnagan’s Grave from neighborhood access: take the unmarked trail away from Continental Drive. You will end at a T-intersection with the Dunnagan Trail (blazed with red dots). Take a right onto the Dunnagan Trail, heading away from the river. You will go down a hill then cross a bridge over a small stream and come up the other side. Look for the gravestone on the left. This round trip hike is approximately 1 mile.

HIKING DIRECTIONS to Dunnagan’s Grave from the Cole Mill Access: From where you park at the Cole Mill Access, walk along the parking lot toward the river. When you reach the end of the paved access, you will see a wayside display overlooking the river. Turn left onto the Pea Creek Trail (blazed with blue dots). This trail takes you to the Dunnagan Trail (blazed with red dots). The gravestone is found just steps off the trail on the upper ridge side of the Dunnagan Trail (you can’t miss it). Hiking both loop trails from the parking lot and back is 3.1 miles. David Southern and Denny O’Neal conducted research and wrote an excellent piece on Catharine Link Dunnagan, the woman buried off the trail named for her. You can find the article at: http://www.enoriver.org/what-we-protect/cultural-history/the-dunnagans/. The left photo below is of P. Catharine Dunnagan’s gravestone (by Christopher Ammon). Take note of the fact that there are 7 other gravesites (mostly unmarked) in the graveyard. The right photo below is of the huge white oak tree near the neighborhood access trail (1000 ft. along the Dunnagan Trail, east of the graveyard). The tree, daffodils that grow here in early spring and nearby open pit are all evidence of an old homesite. Perhaps this was another Dunnagan or Link family home like the one across the trail from the graveyard.

About Dunnagan’s Grave

David Southern and Denny O’Neal conducted research and wrote an excellent piece on Catharine Link Dunnagan, the woman buried off the trail named for her. You can find the article at: http://www.enoriver.org/what-we-protect/cultural-history/the-dunnagans/.

The left photo below is of P. Catharine Dunnagan’s gravestone (by Christopher Ammon). Take note of the fact that there are 7 other gravesites (mostly unmarked) in the graveyard. The right photo below is of the huge white oak tree near the neighborhood access trail (1000 ft. along the Dunnagan Trail, east of the graveyard). The tree, daffodils that grow here in early spring and nearby open pit are all evidence of an old homesite. Perhaps this was another Dunnagan or Link family home like the one across the trail from the graveyard.

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. 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!

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