what we protect

The Eno River Association is dedicated to protecting the important natural, cultural, and historical resources within the Eno River basin.   The Eno River begins in northwest Orange County, flowing eastward for approximately 33 miles through Durham County until, along with the Little and Flat rivers, it flows into Falls Lake, becoming the Neuse River. The Eno’s waters roll through wilderness; passing historic mill sites, river bluffs covered with flowering shrubs and fords used by early settlers. The river can run as swift as the wind and as gentle as a blowing breeze. Upstream, rapids smash against rocks daring to stand in the river’s path. Further down the Eno meanders quietly through serene surroundings. The valley of the river is narrow and steep-walled. The rolling landscape is carved and sculpted by swift-flowing water.

Since our founding in 1966, we have had a special focus on creating and expanding the Eno River State Park.  Over 4,200 acres have been protected as part of this effort. As the Park expanded, our land protection efforts expanded as well to include other important high priority areas along the Eno River and its tributaries. Our efforts to date have resulted in more than 7,000 acres of protected land that provide significant public benefit in the form of water quality protection, biological diversity, wildlife habitat, recreational and educational opportunities, scenic views, and productive working farms and forests. These lands were protected in a variety of ways, including direct land acquisition by the Association, assisting our conservation partners in the acquisition of land, or helping private landowners conserve their property through conservation easements or other conservation options.