Saturday 5 Mile hike in Durham - Eno River State Park

The Eno River state park and associated trails are a great location for hiking in the Triangle area.

For this hike, we will combine the Cox Mountain Trail with the Fanny Ford trail for total distance of approximately 4.8 miles. This is a very scenic but moderately challenging trail: quite a few roots, rocks and uneven ground, so either hiking boots or sturdy footwear is advised. Please note that elevation (270 foot climb) on the Cox mountain part is fairly strenuous, therefore this hike is not recommended if you are severely out of shape. Pace will be moderate, 2.5-3.0 MPH. We will cross a suspension foot bridge (picture below) on the trail. Many people find the bridge interesting and fun, however the suspension design of this bridge means that it is not anchored underneath and it will rock a bit (OK, quite a bit) when you cross it.  These full-disclosure warnings aside, the views of the river are outstanding and this is a beautiful place, so you may want to bring a camera and/or pack a lunch to enjoy the park and explore other trails on your own after the hike. Please dress appropriately for hiking and bring water if you would like to have it on the trail.

Driving and Parking directions:
We will be meeting at the Fews Ford (Access) Picnic area. Take Cole Mill Road until it dead ends at a circular packing lot with a picnic area and restrooms. We will meet at the entrance to the trails in the parking lot. There is additional parking at other locations in this part of the park if this lot fills. We will leave at 10:10 sharp, so please be on time. The hike will be around 2 hours.

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.

OR


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. Go all the way to the end of the road and it will end at the Few's Ford parking lot.


Here's a link to a park map:

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/enri/pics/parkmap.pdf

and details about the park:

http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/enri/main.php

 

 

 

 

Lunch after the hike:

We be having a picnic style lunch after the hike.  If you you wish to stay bring something to eat for your self and a beverage.

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  • Nick

    Eno is grest hike.

    March 16, 2013

  • Marnie

    I am so sorry, Ihad to work and had forgotten that I had rsvpd yes to this.

    March 16, 2013

  • Erin

    was so excited to scope out Eno for the first time. My GPS mysteriously lost a signal and I couldn't find it. Don't know the area at all :-( have a great time, guys!

    March 16, 2013

    • Brian C.

      Where are you now?

      March 16, 2013

    • Erin

      Sorry, I didn't see your message until now. Right after posting I went to an AT&T store and they fixed the issue I'd been having off and on for awhile. Hopefully I can make the next Eno event!

      March 16, 2013

  • Judy

    Great hike! Great salad and no broccoli ! ;)

    1 · March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Brian and Vinnie..GREAT JOB..

    March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One Word..AWESOME!...great pace..great folks..great terrain

    March 16, 2013

  • Scott

    Nice relaxing hike.

    March 16, 2013

  • Tracy

    On my way running a few minutes late hope I don't miss you guys!

    March 16, 2013

    • Brian C.

      Will wait a few after. 10:15.

      March 16, 2013

    • Brian C.

      We're waiting to 10:20. No more... sorry

      March 16, 2013

  • Fred

    it looks like it's trying to drizzle here in Raleigh... is it supposed to rain today?

    March 16, 2013

    • Don H.

      It's not raining but cloudy, 30% chance of rain last I saw. I was hoping to make it today but as it turns out I won't.

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My house backs into the eno park. All clear and dry. Y'all enjoy!

    March 16, 2013

  • Judy

    Dry in durham

    March 16, 2013

  • Lynn

    I am out sick.

    March 16, 2013

  • Don H.

    Should be a nice day!

    March 15, 2013

  • Nicole L.

    Been wanting to check out the Eno trail(s). Hope I can keep up!

    March 15, 2013

  • Brian C.

    Hi all,

    I hope to see you all out on Saturday as the weather should be excellent. They are predicting 65+ degrees in the morning hours and up in the 70's later in the day. As per the event we plan to have lunch picnic style after the hike. We will not be renting any shelter or tables. If they are available great otherwise have a blanket for picnicking on the lawn. Also a few people mentioned that it may be cool to have this as pot luck in some sort of fashion as well. If you want to bring food to share that is cool but don’t feel like it is necessary as the original “lunch after the hike” statement called only for bringing your own. Don’t forget to bring your own plate and utensils and your own non-alcoholic beverage. Also partaking in the lunch after the hike is always optional.

    Thanks,
    Brian

    March 15, 2013

  • Miri

    Wish I could since weather will be A-1, but can't this weekend d/t OOT event plans. Maybe next weekend!

    March 14, 2013

  • Tracy

    I'm excited! I've been wanting to check out the Eno river!

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hiking In Durham..Yee Haw..Gonna Be Great!

    March 11, 2013

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