Eno River State Park
6101 Cole Mill Road
Durham, NC 27705-9275
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.
Minutes from Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel
Hill the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with
the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky
stream bed. The Eno River is a swift, shallow stream flowing from
northwest Orange County into Durham County for 33 miles where it
joins the Flat River to become the Neuse and flows into Falls Lake.
Its waters roll through wilderness, passing historic mill sites,
river bluffs covered with flowering shrubs, and fords used by early
Rains can turn the river into a raging torrent,
yet it quickly settles into a gentle current. It is a chain of
rapids, pools, and riffles meandering through forest on a bed of
The valley of the river is narrow and steep
walled. The rugged landscape is carved and sculpted by swift flowing
water. Eno River State Park lies here, in the beauty of more than
3900 acres of natural resources. Five accesses--Cabe Lands, Cole
Mill, Fews Ford, Pleasant Green, and Pump Station--offer entry into
this largely unspoiled river environment.
Archaeology tells us that men first walked trails
along the Eno long before recorded history. Indians of the Eno,
Shakori, and Occoneechee tribes lived along the river when the first
European explorers passed through. Some of the tribes merged in the
late 17th century and established a village near present day Durham.
Settlers moved in during the mid 1700's to set up farms and
gristmills. More than 30 mills were located along the length of the
Efforts to establish Eno River State Park started
in 1965, when the city of Durham proposed building a reservoir in
the river valley. A group of concerned citizens led a campaign to
save the Eno and formed the Association for the Preservation of the
Eno River Valley. The association proposed a state park be
established and, in May of 1972, the state of North Carolina
approved the idea. The city of Durham withdrew its efforts to
construct the reservoir and in 1975 the state, with help from the
Eno River Association and the Nature Conservancy, opened the park
with more than one thousand acres of land.
Eno River State Park is located in Durham and
Orange counties, northwest of the city of Durham.
From Interstate 85 exit 173, take Cole Mill
Road northwest away from Durham. After five miles, Cole Mill
Road will end at the park's Fews Ford Access.
From Interstate 85 exit 170, take Hwy. 70
west to Pleasant Green Road. Turn right and follow Pleasant
Green 2.2 miles, then turn left on Cole Mill Road. After one
mile, Cole Mill Road will enter the park's Fews Ford Access.