Coronavirus Preparedness and Response, Update

The Eno River Association is tuned in to the updates about COVID-19 in our community. We are taking precautions to keep our staff and program guests safe, and we hope that our members near and far will remain in good health.

We’re following the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as DurhamOrange, and Wake Counties, on responding to the outbreak. Our office is closed and our team is working remotely. Please still be in touch with us.

As of May 9, Eno River State Park and Occoneechee Mountain Natural Area are open to the public but there will be limits on visitors and parking. NC State Parks Reopening Plans in full.

Little River Regional Park is open, but playground and restrooms are closed.

West Point on the Eno City Park and its trails remain open, but all buildings are closed to the public.

Penny’s Bend Natural Area remains open.

Here are the latest updates on our response:

We are EXTENDING OPEN HOURS for our Confluence Natural Area to provide the public more outdoor opportunities that maximize social distance. The Confluence will now be open 7 days per week from dawn to dusk.

Traffic at parks and trails has increased many-fold. We strongly encourage you to review the our Guidelines for Safe Trail Use and avoid peak recreation times, typically weekends and late-afternoons.

We have CANCELLED this summer’s Festival for the Eno and iWalk the Eno Science & Nature Camps. We are closely monitoring this evolving situation to make a decision about Eno River Field Station in July.

We have CANCELLED our Spring Wildflower Hikes and our Volunteer Workdays indefinitely.

We are providing additional resources on our website for you to engage with the Eno and environmental education on your own. Our Hidden Gem series will take you to some lesser-known, but no less inspiring, Eno places. Our coloring book pages showcase the diversity of life along the Eno. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter or check back on our website weekly for more ways to engage – near and afar!


Your support is more important than ever before. Please consider making a gift to becoming a member of the Association. Together, we can do more to protect our natural resources and keep them open for everyone.

If you have additional questions, please contact us via email association@enoriver.org.

Join us for Creek Week!

Durham Creek Week is March 14-21, 2020! 

Activities will be available throughout the Triangle to inform residents about our local creeks, rivers, and lakes and about how to keep them healthy. Join a litter clean-up, go on a canoe adventure, and visit any of our nearby nature preserves. The Eno River Association is proud to support Creek Week with several events:

Clean-up along Black Meadow Branch at West Point on the Eno
Saturday, March 14 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Join us for some litter clean-up at West Point on the Eno Durham City Park.
Snacks, gloves, and other materials will be provided. Bring your own water bottle. Location is off the main loop road. Please drive around the gravel loop road past the mill and restrooms until you find the Eno River Association sign and staff.
Learn more or RSVP via Facebook. RSVP welcome, but not required.

Willie Duke’s Bluffs Wildflower Hike
Sunday, March 15 – 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This hike will lead participants to a noteworthy natural area called Willie Duke’s Bluff where we’ll see outstanding displays of spring wildflowers, including some that are rare and unusual in our area of the Piedmont.
This hike is somewhat difficult and will be off trail, with some bushwhacking and one steep climb.
See complete description here. No RSVP necessary.

Visit www.durhamcreekweek.org for a complete list of events, a water-themed book list, and to download your Creek Week Bingo card. Creek Week partners help Durham residents to discover and explore local streams, and to do their part to protect water resources. Follow on Facebook and Twitter with #DurhamCreekWeek20.

Eno River Association Grows State Park’s Acreage and Protects Land in the Upper Eno River Basin

Tributary to Eno River on the Matheson Property. Photo credit Todd Nance.

On December 17, 2019, the Eno River Association donated 14 acres of land to be included into Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and a 1.86-acre trail easement, adjacent to the Eno River and Pleasant Green Road, to be included into Eno River State Park.  The North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) is proposed to cross through both properties. 

The Eno River Association, in partnership with Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program and the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, has also secured the purchase of a “working lands” conservation easement on a 38-acre property in Cedar Grove.  The easement serves the dual purpose of protecting prime farmland and protecting the quality of water that flows downstream of the farm.

For more information click here.

Occoneechee Mountain – Reflections

A documentary by Protected Places Media, presented in honor of our expansion of Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Occoneechee Mountain: Reflections from Ernie Sears on Vimeo.

2020 Eno River Calendar

Our 2020 calendar is a soul-inspiring, story telling and photographic  encounter with the Eno River.  Eyes on the Eno is both looks at the river we love, and those who are watching in nature and in our community. We hope it also inspires you to join our extraordinary journey to save more of the places you love along the Eno and its tributaries.

Read more…

Introducing Our New Executive Director

The Eno River Association (ERA) is pleased to announce that Jessica L. Sheffield will join the Association as its new Executive Director on October 28, 2019. Jessica succeeds Robin Jacobs who will retire after 14 years in the ERA’s top leadership role and six years on the organization’s board of directors. The search was guided by moss+ross, a Triangle-based consulting and executive search firm with expertise in nonprofit management. Click here for the full details.