From a snacking on a rock in the river to a festive family reunion in a covered pavilion, the Eno River provides lots of options for dining al fresco. Here are some of our recommendations:
Few’s Ford Access Area has 20 first-come-first-served picnic sites, 10 of which are handicapped accessible. An accessible water fountain and restrooms are nearby. An accessible picnic shelter with 12-tables, firepit, and grills can be reserved online through ReserveAmerica.
Cole Mill Access has 10 first-come-first-served picnic tables, 4 with grills. Drinking water and an accessible toilet are nearby. A group picnic area includes 3 tables and grill. An accessible picnic shelter with 8 tables and a grill can be reserved online through ReserveAmerica.
West Point on the Eno Durham City Park: Numerous grills and tables are available on a first-come basis throughout this 400+ acre park. In addition the site hosts 2 picnic shelters. The large shelter accommodates up to 75 people and features restrooms, a grill, and electricity. The small shelter hosts up to 40 people and has a grill and drinking fountain nearby. These shelters can be reserved online through the Durham Parks & Rec Department.
Little River Regional Park & Natural Area: Directly off the parking lot, a large picnic shelter seats 96 at 12 picnic tables, and a small shelter seats 40 at five picnic tables. Restrooms with flush toilets and running water nearby. Reservations required through Orange County.
Historic Occoneechee Speedway Trail: Several first-come picnic tables are scattered across this 200 acre property.
Poets Walk in Hillsborough: On the banks of the Eno, the Poet’s Walk at Ayr Mount features first-come-first-served picnic tables along a one mile trail with views of the Kirkland Family Cemetery, the Indian Trading Path, and an old tavern foundation.