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Fews Ford at Eno River State Park
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6101 Cole Mill Road
Durham, NC 27705

919-383-1686
eno.river@ncparks.gov

 

 

GPS: 36.078300, -79.005000

 

Few's Ford Access
May-September: 7am - 10pm
March, April, and October: 7am - 9pm
November: 7am - 8pm
December, January and February: 7am - 7pm

Cole Mill Access
May-September: 7:30am - 9:30pm
March, April, and October: 7:30am - 8:30pm
November: 7:30am - 7:30pm
December January and February: 7:30am -6:30pm

Pleasant Green and Cabelands Accesses
May-September: 8:30am - 8:30pm
March, April, and October: 8:30am - 7:30pm
November: 8:30am - 6:30pm
December January and February: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Park Office Hours
March-October           
Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm 
Friday, 8am - 8pm 
Saturday, Sunday, 9am-5:00pm 

November-February   
Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm
Saturday, Sunday, 9am-5:00pm

Water Hydrants Off for the Winter   

The water hydrants are being turned off for the winter at Fews Ford and Cole Mill Accesses. 
Fews Ford campers can still get water outside the restroom building, but
Piper Creek campers must bring any needed water with them, as there is none available at that access.
 

 Last updated on: Monday, December 9, 2019

Things to do

Hiking

The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.

Paddling

Travel the Eno River by canoe or kayak passing through rolling hills and deep forest. Canoeing is usually difficult due to shallow water but is great fun right after a rain which raises the water level creating class I, II, and III rapids. Levels are measured from gauges painted on road bridges and the Durham station USGS river gauge which can be viewed on the internet. Optimal canoeing is 1 to 3 feet on the bridge gauges and 3 to 5 feet on the USGS gauge. Below these levels requires some portaging. Above these levels is dangerous. Personal flotation devices should always be worn.

The best rapids are between Highway 70 Bypass in Hillsborough and Roxboro Road in Durham. The river continues at a slower pace from there down stream to Falls Lake. Canoe accesses are located in several areas of the park. Please respect the rights of private landowners along the river.

Fishing

Wet your line in one of the best fishing streams in the Neuse River Basin. The Eno is a great place for fly-fishing, casting lures, or baiting with the ever reliable worms and crickets. Most of the river can be waded and there are many openings for bank fishing. Commonly caught game fish include largemouth bass, bluegill, redbreast sunfish, and the feisty Roanoke bass. Roanoke bass, locally know as "red-eye" are found in only four river drainages in northeastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia. Chubs and bullheads add to the fishing fun. All North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission fishing regulations are enforced.

Occoneechee Mountain, a nearby state natural area that is a administered by Eno River State Park, also offers fishing.

Picnicking

Two picnic areas provide the perfect spot for enjoying a meal in the open air. One of the picnic grounds is located in the Fews Ford access area, adjacent to the parking lot. Fews Ford has 20 picnic sites, 10 of which are handicapped accessible. An accessible water fountain and restrooms are nearby. A 12-table picnic shelter with a fireplace and grill is also accessible and can be reserved for a fee. The Cole Mill picnic area, nestled in a wooded setting, includes 10 tables and four grills with drinking water and restrooms nearby. A group picnic area includes three tables and grill. Cole Mill also has two wheelchair-accessible picnic tables and an accessible picnic shelter with eight tables and a grill. The shelter may be reserved for a modest fee.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 - 9:00am
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:30am
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 8:00am