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Fews Ford at Eno River State Park
PEA CREEK TRAIL CLOSED    

The Pea Creek Trail (trailhead located at the Cole Mill access) is closed until further notice. Due to recent storms, erosion has undercut steps, put deep holes into the trail, and significantly damaged the trail. Do Not Enter From Any Access. 

 Last updated on: Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Current status of facilities at Eno River State Park   

Tent campsites are open for reservations as of May 22, with the exception of group campsites, which remain closed.

Fews Ford and Cole Mill accesses are operating under normal hours. Trails and restrooms are open. The restrooms close regularly throughout the day for cleaning and sanitizing: entry will be prohibited during this time. 

The picnic shelters are closed to promote social distancing.  All water fountains and hydrants are off: please be prepared and bring filled, reusable water bottles.

Cabelands and Pleasant Green accesses are CLOSED at this time. Parking outside the gates and along the road is not permitted. You may not park on the road shoulder, block gates, or impede traffic and walk into the park from these accesses. Your vehicle will be subject to citation and or towing. Swimming is not permitted at the Eno Quarry at this time. 

Visitors should make their visits brief and focus on moving through the park without stopping any place where multiple people may be in one area.  This is not the time to “hang out” at the park.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Eno River State Park


Contact the park
 

919-383-1686

eno.river@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

Fews Ford access
and park office

6101 Cole Mill Road
Durham, NC 27705

GPS: 36.0783, -79.0050

 

Cabelands access

4950 Howe St.
Durham, NC 27705

GPS: 36.0400, -78.9888

 

Cole Mill access

4390 Old Cole Mill Road
Durham, NC 27712

GPS: 36.0599, -78.9804

 

Pleasant Green access

4770 Pleasant Green Road
Durham, NC 27705

GPS: 36.0459, -79.0115

 

Pump Station access

4023 Rivermont Road
Durham, NC 27712

GPS: 36.0594, -78.9652
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • December to February:
    7:30am to 6:30pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:30am to 8:30pm
     
  • May to September:
    7:30am to 9:30pm
     
  • October:
    7:30am to 8:30pm
     
  • November:
    7:30am to 7:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • December to February:
    8:30am to 5:30pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:30am to 7:30pm
     
  • May to September:
    8:30am to 8:30pm
     
  • October:
    8:30am to 7:30pm
     
  • November:
    8:30am to 6:30pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • November to February:

Monday to Friday:
8:30am to 4:30pm

Saturday to Sunday:
9:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • March to October:

Monday to Thursday:
8:30am to 4:30pm

Friday:
8:30am to 8:00pm

Saturday to Sunday:
9:00am to 5:00pm
 

  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Stepping onto an Eno River trail is a journey into tranquility. Follow the river bank, journey through the woodlands, or hike a short nature trail for a close look at Eno River State Park. Go up Cox Mountain for a challenging climb through scenic hardwood forest. Travel the Bobbitt Hole Trail to one of the most scenic spots on the river, where water rushes over rocks and greenery hangs from stone-lined bluffs. Eno River has almost 28 miles of trail to take you into the heart of nature. All trails are blazed and signed. Request a park trail map for descriptions and distances.

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

 


Bobbitt Hole Trail
Location:

Description:

This loop trail extends the Cole Mill Trail up river, intersecting the western section of Cole Mill Trail twice. A short spur at the southern end of the Bobbitt Hole loop dead ends at the hole.


Surface:

Length:
1.65 miles
loop
Difficulty:
Blaze:
red circle



Buckquarter Creek Trail
Location: Begins at the Piper-Cox Museum parking lot

Description:

The loop trail turns upriver at Few’s Ford. The most spectacular rapids on the river are viewed from a rock outcrop along the trail. A staircase takes hikers over the outcrop.


Surface: natural surface, stairs

Length:
1.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
Blaze:
red circle

Cabe Lands Trail
Location: This loop trail starts from the Cabe Lands Access parking lot.

Description:

Stone foundations and the millrace earth works of the old Cabe Mill are visible from the trail, especially when the leaves are off of the trees. This stretch of river is in the area known as Cabe’s Gorge and is a particularly rocky area.


Surface:

Length:
1.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
Blaze:
red circle



Cole Mill Trail
Location: Begins at the Cole Mill picnic area from either end of the parking lot.

Description:

Most of this loop trail is an easy hike along the river with a short climb through the upland forest. Scenic laurel covered bluffs dominate the opposite river bank.


Surface:

Length:
1.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
Blaze:
yellow circle



Cox Mountain Trail
Location: Begin this trail in the Fews Ford picnic area.

Description:

This loop trail can be lengthened by adding the Fanny’s Ford Trail loop, which intersects from the northeast. The trail passes beside the picnic area, down to the river and crosses the river on a suspension foot bridge. The trail climbs 270 feet in elevation from the river to the hilltop. A long steep climb and descent is required.


Surface:

Length:
3.75 miles
loop
Difficulty:
Blaze:
blue circle