Eno River State park early morning

Plan a Trip to Eno River State Park 

Heading to Durham, North Carolina in the name of vacation fun is always exciting and for visitors with a passion for time in the great outdoors, adding a stop at Eno River State Park to your itinerary while you’re in town means even more to enjoy. This beautiful and exciting destination comes packed with a rich history and diverse options for fun in nature. Whether you have an afternoon to spare, or you have a few days to explore, time at Eno River State Park is always worth your while.  

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Park History 

Eno River State Park spans about 4,200 acres of lush terrain and across the landscapes showcased here, stories of the past still thrive. Historians have noted that Eno, Shakori, and Occoneechee tribes lived along the Eno River in the area now designated as a park when European explorers first arrived in the 17th century. As settlements became more established, over 30 mills were located along the Eno River. It wouldn’t be until 1965 that efforts would get underway to establish Eno River State Park as citizens recognized the importance of protecting this historic and rich terrain from overdevelopment. The Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley was subsequently formed under the leadership of environmentalist Margaret Nygard and together with The Nature Conservancy, they were able to designate Eno River State Park in 1973. Today, the park remains an important place where visitors can escape into nature and learn more about the importance of protecting the river corridor for people and wildlife alike. 

Where to Find Eno River State Park 

When you’re looking forward to spending time at Eno River State Park during your time in Durham, you’ll find there are five access areas available. The park is situated just 10 miles northwest of downtown Durham and enjoys a place as a state park on the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail. If you’re heading this way from Arrowhead Inn, it’s just a 10.5-mile journey that takes about 16 minutes in total. From 106 Mason Road, you’ll make your way to St Marys Road before turning left onto Pleasant Green Road. From here, you’ll travel about 4 miles to Cole Mill Road where you’ll take a right to Eno River State Park.  

 Fun Things to Do When You Arrive 

Customizing your day out in nature is a breeze at Eno River State Park. Many visitors head here to enjoy time on the scenic hiking trails with options to pick and choose from routes that are suited to your particular skill level. If you have a kayak in hand, you can enjoy an afternoon of paddling your way through Eno River State Park or casting a line and seeing what’s biting as well. This family-friendly destination is a popular place for waterside picnics and a terrific locale for birdwatching when you have binoculars in hand. Those who happen to enjoy nature photography will love taking the time to capture the local wildlife and landscapes here on film.  

Book Your Stay Today 

No matter when your travel plans have you heading to Durham, booking your stay at the Arrowhead Inn is a sure way to elevate your getaway in luxury and style. Reach out today to learn more about our inviting accommodation options available, and how we can help you make more of every single moment you’re here. 

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