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Weekend Alert: Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area experiences very high vistation on the weekends and the parking lot can fill up early. Be prepared to wait to gain entry. 

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office at Eno River State Park. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, March 30, 2021


Map of North Carolina – Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area


Contact the park

This state natural area is managed by Eno River State Park. Contact the Eno River office for any inquiries:
 

919-383-1686

eno.river@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

State natural area

625 Virginia Cates Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

GPS: 36.0608, -79.1169

 

Eno River State Park office

6101 Cole Mill Road
Durham, NC 27705

GPS: 36.0783, -79.0050
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area does not have an on-site office. The hours for the Eno River park office are listed below:
     
  • 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
     

 

 

 

Scheduled events

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.

 

It is that time of year again, the bass should be bedding in preparation for spawning. Let’s go get those bass out of bed! It is the best time to catch them as they are cranky if messed with in bed.   

All children must be supervised by adults, masks must be worn in proximity to one another, bring water, program may not last 2 hours but the opportunity is available so that people have plenty of time to fish.

Date of Event:
Thu, 04/15/2021 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Mountain Ponds

Fire is not always a bad thing, in fact if it’s used properly, we can do a lot of good with fire in the park. Come join a Park Ranger on a hike around the top of Occoneechee Mountain and learn how we use the fire in the park to bring some life back to the area!

Some of the hike will go off trail. Watch where you step and be careful.

Call the office to sign up -- space is limited to 10!            
 
Bring good hiking shoes, drinking water, and be ready for it to be warm outside.

Date of Event:
Tue, 04/20/2021 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Mountain Picnic Tables

Learn about Occoneechee Mountains Geologic wonders including Quartz and Pyrophyllite. Explore the rock outcrops and overlook with a real geologist. 

Call the office to sign up -- space is limited to 10!            
 
Bring good hiking shoes, drinking water, and be ready for it to be warm outside.

Social Distance and wear a mask
 

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/24/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Mountain Picnic Tables

Join a Ranger for a ~2 mile hike at Occoneechee to view the mountain laurel while it is (hopefully, maybe, possibly?) in full bloom. We will hike sections of different trails to learn more about the montane species of plants that call Occoneechee Mountain home. 

Call the office to sign up -- space is limited to 10!            
 
Bring good hiking shoes, drinking water, and be ready for it to be warm outside.

Social Distance and wear a mask

 

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/30/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Start Location:
Occoneechee Mountain Parking Lot