Help us finish 2021 strong!



Make your membership donation today.

The Eno River Association is about the people. The Eno connects us – to nature, to each other, and to the shared goals of land protection, access to nature, and climate resilience.

As we approach the end of the year, we’re asking you to make a gift to put our organization in the best possible position to face whatever 2022 brings.

Together, we accomplished so much in 2021:

  • Protected 96 acres and over 4,500 linear feet of tributaries of the Eno River, which will become part of Eno River State Park
  • Donated 8 acres to the City of Durham to expand West Point on the Eno City Park
  • Re-launched our Trail Stewards program with the help of 70+ volunteers, ensuring the trails you love are well-maintained
  • Led three weeks of summer education programs, providing hands-on, feet-wet fun for 110 campers
  • Hosted our 42nd Festival for the Eno thanks to 470 volunteers and over 8,000 attendees
  • Welcomed over 1 million visitors to the six Eno parks & natural areas
Join us in protecting parkland, safeguarding drinking water, conserving farms & forests, protecting plants & animals, and inspiring future generations. Your support will make the difference. Help us accomplish even more – together – in the year ahead.

You’re Invited: 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

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SuperEno

The adventure begins December 26!

Follow along at @enoriver and #SuperEno on Facebook and Instagram.

Download the Scavenger Hunt Card Here


Instructions for Submitting

Submissions accepted via Facebook, Instagram, or email. Submissions will be accepted December 26, 2021 – January 31, 2022.

Facebook:

  • Tag us in your post @EnoRiverAssociation https://www.facebook.com/EnoRiverAssociation/
  • Use the hashtag #SuperEno

Instagram:

  • Tag us in your picture @EnoRiver https://www.instagram.com/enoriver/
  • Use the hashtag #SuperEno

Email:

  • Send pics or notes about your entries to hikes@enoriver.org
  • We recommend you submit all your entries at one time for quicker processing

Note: You must be following our account for us to count your entries, and we request that you set your #SuperEno posts to public so that we can share the fun you’re having! We reserve the right to use any contest entries for promotion of SuperEno or other Eno communications.


Challenge Details

 

Complete as many challenges as you like to earn increased discounts on the 2022 Eno Calendar. 

Longest Trail

Longest Tributary

  • Visit Little River Regional Park or paddle to where the Little River meets the Eno from the Eno River Boat Ramp in Durham.
  • Little River Regional Park – 301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont 
  • Eno River Boat Launch – Red Mill Rd, Durham 

Longest Footbridge

  • Cross the West Point on the Eno Greenway Footbridge and let us know if you see any turtles or fish!
  • West Point on the Eno Durham City Park – 5101 N. Roxboro Road or 5253 N. Roxboro Road, Durham

Oldest Mill Site

Largest Festival

Highest Elevation

Deepest Place in the River

Deepest Water

Biggest Rapids

Furthest from a Public Road

  • Find Onion Rock from the Fews Ford Access. Take Buckquarter Creek Trail to Holden Mill Trail; the rock is located along the river as you head towards what is left of Holden Mill. Or you can see it across the river when you’re on the Cox Mountain Trail!
  • Fews Ford Access and Eno River State Park Office – 6101 Cole Mill Road

Wildlife Wildcard Bonus

  • Snap a pic of any wildlife you see on the trail! Submit up to two for two points!

New Years Day Challenge

  • Join us on social media on 1/1/22 for extra challenge entries, activities, bonus prizes, and more! Multiple points available throughout the day.

 

ENO RIVER ASSOCIATION PROTECTS 96 ACRES TO BECOME PART OF ENO RIVER STATE PARK

On October 25, the Eno River Association purchased 96 acres of undeveloped land, known as the Goss property, that will eventually become part of Eno River State Park. The Eno River Association has a long history with Eno River State Park, since the Association was part of the alliance that worked to establish the park in 1973. The Association has since been instrumental in the land protection efforts for the 4,500-acre park, especially in supporting the park’s master plan, which still has roughly 2,000 acres remaining to conserve.

“These 96 acres have been a priority acquisition for Eno River State Park for many years,” says Don Moffitt, President of the Association. “We couldn’t be more excited to have completed this acquisition that will eventually become part of Eno River State Park.”

The property is located on the northern portion of Eno River State Park in Orange County near St. Mary’s Road and is adjacent to the park on the south and east. The property provides a vital buffer between the park and the adjacent residential developments, protects 4,500 feet of Eno River tributaries, and high-ranking wildlife habitat and corridors.

Protection of this land will help maintain adequate supplies of safe drinking water critical to public health and economic sustainability as Triangle populations increase. The property contains 4,500 linear feet of tributaries of the Eno River and is roughly 3,000 feet from main branch of Eno River. The Eno River is classified by the NC Division of Water Quality as a Water Supply IV – Nutrient Sensitive Waters. The Eno River flows into Falls Lake, which provides drinking water for much of Wake County.

In addition to its stream frontage, the property contains significant slopes leading down from the corners of the property to the main tributary running through the center of the property and into the Eno River. If development had been allowed to occur here, these slopes could have experienced extensive erosion, introducing sedimentation and pollutants into the Eno River.

The December 2019 study, A Landscape Plan for Wildlife Habitat Connectivity in the Eno River and New Hope Creek Watersheds, North Carolina, identified the area as a high-ranking wildlife corridor. The land is covered in a mix of upland and bottomland forest, providing significant wildlife habitat and corridor, allowing movement between privately owned lands surrounding the property and Eno River State Park to the east and south. Protection of this property will also help safeguard important habitat by buffering two Natural Areas identified by the NC Natural Heritage Program: the Eno River/Cates Ford Slopes and Uplands and the Eno River Aquatic Habitat. A significant number of rare aquatic species are contained within the Eno River Aquatic Habitat including the Atlantic pigtoe, Roanoke bass, Eastern Lampmussel, Yellow Lampmussel, creeper, Notched Rainbow, Triangle Floater, and Neuse River Waterdog. This section of the Eno River has also recently been classified as “Critical Habitat” by the US Fish and Wildlife Service for the Federally listed Neuse River Waterdog and Carolina Madtom.

“Our parks and natural areas are now seeing an unprecedented number of visitors.” adds Moffitt. “We are dedicated to ensuring the parks in the Eno River watershed provide a safe and welcoming space for all visitors to recreate or seek solace.”

The Association announced the plans for acquisition of the Goss property during this summer’s 42nd Annual Festival for the Eno. Several donors came together to present a matching challenge to raise funds for the Association’s efforts on this project. Funding for the Goss project came from private donations.

Donations to the Eno River Association help support the expansion of parks and natural areas along the Eno. Make a gift.

West Point on the Eno grows by 8 acres

On Monday, October 11th the Eno River Association donated 7.8 acres of undeveloped woodlands to the City of Durham for immediate inclusion in Durham’s West Point on the Eno City Park. This acreage, known as the Tanglewood Tract, is bordered on the north and northeast by West Point Park, and to the south by the Tanglewood subdivision. Located off of Landis Drive near Guess Road, it features high bluffs overlooking the Eno River, a mixed hardwood pine forest, and two intermittent streams flowing into the Eno.

“We are thrilled to help expand Durham’s parks” says Eno River Association Executive Director Jessica Sheffield. “This additional acreage protects Durham parkland and the Eno River from the negative impacts of potential, encroaching development.”

“We’re grateful for the opportunity to expand the park footprint, protect our tree canopy while also fulfilling our conservation goals” says Wade Walcutt, Director, Parks and Recreation, City of Durham.

West Point Park, situated between Guess and Roxboro Roads, now encompasses over 411 acres and features over two miles of river frontage, more than 4 miles of trails, an environmental education pavilion, and several historic buildings including a working grist mill. The Park is included in the National Register of Historic Places and is host to the Eno River Association’s annual Festival for the Eno.

The Eno River Association spearheaded the effort to create West Point Park in the 1970s and was instrumental in the preservation and restoration of the historic buildings including the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography, the McCown Mangum House, the Blacksmiths’ Shop, and the West Point Mill.  The Association continues to support West Point and numerous other parks along the Eno with education programs, fundraising, land acquisition, and stewardship.

Donations to the Eno River Association help support the expansion of parks and natural areas along the Eno. Make a gift.

Eno Expands Educational Programming

Association announces a 3-year commitment from Burroughs Wellcome Fund

The Eno River Association has received an award of $180,000 from Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student Stem Enrichment Program (SSEP) to support the continued expansion of our environmental education programs for students in the Triangle over the next three years. For more than 25 years, Burroughs Wellcome Fund has supported informal STEM programs in North Carolina through the SSEP, and they were a leading investor in the creation of the Association’s graduated STEM summer camp experiences.

Funding from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Student STEM Enrichment Program will increase the Association’s ability to continue delivering high-quality, experiential environmental education programs to K-12 students in our area. Over the three-year grant period, the Association will continue to offer two summer programs, iWalk the Eno Science and Nature Camp and Eno River Field Station, and expand its year-round programming, with a focus on public school programming to continue the development of students’ interest in STEM education.

Funding from the SSEP not only allows the Association to offer high-quality STEM education to the youth within our community, but it allows us to reach a wider audience of students. Many of the schools in the Eno River basin have large concentrations of low-income students and populations who are typically underrepresented in STEM education and careers. The SSEP allows the Association the opportunity to make these high-level camps and education opportunities affordable or free to everyone in the community through camp scholarships and discounted program rates.

This three year commitment comes on the heels of two other awards the Eno River Association received to support expansion of STEM education programs. Last month, the Association was a recipient of a $25,000 grant through the Merck Neighbor of Choice program. This summer, Durham residents voted to award over $47,000 to expand the Association’s in-school programs and field trips through the City of Durham’s Participatory Budgeting process.

“We are thrilled that we can continue to support the STEM leadership journeys of our youth through our popular summer education programs and expanding our out-of-school programming,” noted Jessica Sheffield, Executive Director. “We are so grateful to these funders for their commitment to building the next generation of environmental stewards.”

To read Burroughs Wellcome Fund’s full press release visit their website.