Ya’ll Come! We’ll be Jammin’ with Dr. Bacon and Joe Tullos at our New Moon Jambor-Eno!


Sponsored by North Coast Brewing Company

Mmmm, Bacon! Come party with us out in the country and help light the fire for another 50 years of land and water protection.

WHERE: at the Confluence Nature Area in Cedar Grove. **The Confluence is where the east and west forks of the Eno meet to form the main stem of the river just north of Hillsborough. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful site, but not ordinarily open to the public, so be sure to take advantage of this special opportunity.**

WHEN: Saturday October 1, from 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Bring your family and friends to frolic and have fun in the beautiful northern Orange County countryside!

TICKETS: are just $15 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 (5 and under are free), and can be purchased online right now or at the door. Price includes live music by the indomitable DR. BACON and JOE TULLOS, s’mores, craft beer from our friends at North Coast Brewing Company (or your choice of non-alcoholic beverages), hay rides, and all other activities.

WHAT TO BRING: your favorite picnic foods, lawn chairs or blankets; a telescope for stargazing, a Frisbee for throwing; instruments for jamming around the campfire. Fetch Hotdogs will be there if you’re traveling light and come empty handed. **Please note: there is no camping at The Confluence. We request that you leave your four-legged fur friends at home (but please pat them on the head for us!).**

Directions to 4214 Highland Farm Road, Hillsborough, NC 27278

- Head north from Hillsborough on NC Hwy 86
– Turn left onto Coleman Loop Road at Major Business Forms
– Turn left onto Highland Farm Road
– Cross the Eno River Bridge and turn left at the Eno Event sign

Map to Confluence-cropped

Donate Your Old Vehicle & Benefit the River

Eno Truck

When is the best time to buy a new car, anyway?

If you have an old car, boat, RV, jet ski, motorcycle, or other vehicle taking up space in your driveway or garage, you can now donate it to the Eno River Association and support the permanent protection of land, water and wildlife in our community. We have partnered with CARS to make the process as easy as possible. Just call 855-500-7433 or fill out this simple web form. CARS will come to your house and tow or haul the vehicle away, give you a receipt for tax purposes, and send Eno River Association a check. So, what are you waiting for?

Read this if you donate through your workplace

The Eno River Association is no longer a member of Earth Share of North Carolina. If you have been giving to the Eno through Earth Share at your workplace, your contributions will no longer benefit us. We welcome direct gifts made through our website or via mail. Thanks for your support!

Resolution Regarding House Bill 2

Whereas, the Eno River Association is an organization deeply rooted in its community, dedicated to protecting the special natural places in the Eno River basin for the benefit of all people; and

Whereas, HB2 has already had a significant negative effect on plans for the 2016 Festival for the Eno; and

Whereas, the Board of Directors of the Eno River Association finds the discriminatory provisions of House Bill 2 and the curtailment of legal protections against discrimination under state law to be disappointing, mean-spirited, wrong, and clearly not in the best interests of North Carolina;

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Board of Directors of the Eno River Association urges the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal House Bill 2 at the earliest opportunity.

– adopted by the Eno River Association  Board of Directors on 4/14/2016

Wanna Take a Hike?

Ann Prince confluence hikeThe Eno River Association has been leading people out to hike and explore the Eno for the last 50 years. We hope everyone will take advantage of the miles of trails along the river in 2016 and Take a Hike! This year, you can log your hikes in our virtual log book and participate in our 50 Hikes on the Eno Challenge- to get out and hike on the Eno 50 times in 2016! Log your hikes here and find out more about the challenge. We can help you decide where to go- check out our Spring Hike Series if you want to learn more about the nature and history of the Eno.

Another Piece Added to the Park Puzzle


On December 30th, the Eno River Association acquired 6.4 acres of land for addition into the Eno River State Park.  The property straddles the Durham – Orange county line off Sparger Road.  The Association purchased the property from local landowner Curtis Crosby using funds donated to the Association’s Margaret C. Nygard Land Acquisition Fund.  Many of the more recent gifts made to the fund were in memory of Margaret Nygard’s husband, Holger Nygard, who died in the spring of this year.  Though small, the property provides an important forested buffer to the Eno River and increased connectivity for wildlife in an area where the park was very narrow along the river.  This section of the Eno is designated as a Significant Natural Heritage Area by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, partly due to rare mussels like the Atlantic pigtoe, Yellow lampmussel, and Eastern lampmussel that live there.  The land is surrounded by the State Park on two sides and comes within 150-feet of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail which runs along the river. The property will protect the view-shed of the trail by providing a scenic buffer from the adjacent residential developments and Sparger Road.

Hydrilla: The Eno River’s #1 Enemy

Hydrilla, a fast-spreading non-native weed, is threatening our river!

  • It is growing in dense mats, affecting swimming, paddling, and fishing
  • It is crowding out our native plants
  • It is making it hard for large native game fish like White Bass to thrive
  • It is encouraging the growth of toxic blue-green algae that can threaten local birds

To learn more about efforts to monitor & control Hydrilla, visit our Hydrilla webpage.IMG_0064In 2011, Eno River State Park rangers worked with iWalk the Eno Summer Camp volunteers to hand-pull Hydrilla.