The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Wet your line in two pretty little fishing ponds or one of the best fishing streams in the Neuse River Basin. The Occoneechee ponds are great for catching bass and bream on worms, crickets, and lures. 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.
Picnic tables are available under shady oaks on the lawn near the parking lot. A vault toilet is near by.
625 Virginia Cates Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278
This state natural area is managed by Eno River State Park. Please contact the Eno River park office for any inquiries:
GPS: 36.060835, -79.1169
November - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, October, and September: 8am - 8pm
May - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area does not have an office. Please contact the office at Eno River State Park for information at 919- 383-1686.