Annual New Year’s Day Hike at the Eno

Once again, we’re asking our loyal Eno friends to consider taking a break from the Eno this New Years Day. With visitors’ center construction and COVID concerns still at hand, we’ve made the decision to cancel our usual festivities around our New Years Day Hike. Learn about our new adventure from the makers of BING-ENO:Superlative Eno Social Scavenger Hunt.

 The Eno River New Year’s Day Hike is as traditional to the Triangle’s first day of the year as black-eyed peas and resolutions.

Beginning in 1971 and every year since, to start the new year the Eno River Association sponsors a fun-filled afternoon of guided hikes, refreshments and merriment. This year we will offer two hike options, a longer 4.4 mile hike on the Holden Mill Loop as well as a shorter, 2.6 mile route on Fanny’s Ford Trail. There will be something for everyone, so come one, come all and enjoy New Year’s Day at the Eno!

The New Year’s Day hike starts from the Eno River State Park Headquarters (Few’s Ford Access area-6101 Cole Mill Rd., Durham, NC 27705) at the very end of Cole Mill Road northwest of Durham. From I-85 Cole Mill Road Exit 173, drive 5.7 miles north on Cole Mill Road until it ends in the picnic parking lot at the end of the road. Hot chocolate, marshmallows, and popcorn will be served around the fireplace at the end of the hike.

For Google Maps directions to Eno River State Park – Fews Ford Access see map below.
For N.C State Parks directions and printable map; click here.

For More Information Contact the Eno River Association office at (919) 620-9099, ext. 211 or email:

All hikes are free.
No registration is required.                                                                                          Well behaved dogs held on a leash are welcome.

For more photos of New Year’s on the Eno, click here.

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Weekly Hikes

The Eno River Association offers hikes each Sunday from January through mid-May.

Photo by Duncan Heron

Winter Hikes on the Eno: Click here for more information.

Spring Hikes on the Eno: Click here for more information.