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Turtle Hole a secret swimming hole for Durham nature lovers

Posted August 12, 2011
Updated August 17, 2011

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— During a hot summer, one Durham swimming hole seems to be downright perfect for swimmers who want to cool off and take a dip in the water.

"When I think of Durham, I think of the (Durham Bulls) ballpark and the Lucky Strike tower," said Sarah Leathers. "I never think of the Eno River. It's a nice getaway, makes you feel like you're not in Durham anymore."

Turtle Hole, part of the Eno River, sits smack dab in the middle of Durham, but it's a place where Mother Nature doesn't seem to mind if you drop in unannounced.

"It's really pretty. It's relaxing. The water is calming," said Durham resident Jordan Maunder. "You have to be lucky enough to find it or know someone who knows where it is."

Charles Viles took the day off work to spend time with his family at Turtle Hole.

"We like to come when it's quiet, so we can just fiddle around in the water," he said.

"I like it a lot. There's a rope swing over there when the water is high enough," said Tom Viles.

"This is like a waterfall place. You can sit right there and let the water flow over you," added Clare West.

Skipping rocks across the water with the family might be a summertime cliche, but it's a Mayberry-type moment 17-year-old Bradley Viles can embrace.

"It's very calm. I came out here after just waking up, and it's a good way to ease into the day," he said.

Turtle Hole in Durham Turtle Hole a secret swimming hole

Getting to spend time in nature is an "escape for your everyday life," according to Leathers.

"It’s gorgeous. It's quiet. You can hear the water rushing," she said.

Visitors can get to Turtle Hole from a parking lot off the end of Landis Drive. The Eno River has seven species of turtles living there.

This story is part of WRAL's summer travel series, "Nooks and Crannies," which airs every Friday in WRAL's News at 5:30 p.m.

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  • horrorfan101 Aug 15, 2011

    Way to blow the lid off this, WRAL.

  • heavye Aug 12, 2011

    that is so cool, i used to live on landis dr. in the 70's and 80's and me and my friends would go there all the time..... it still looks the same, if you can go, you need to to check it out. really awesome place, of course it didn't have a parking lot then just a little narrow path.

  • scifion Aug 12, 2011

    note to self: don't tell WRAL about that secret place I like to go to do that fun thing.

  • mmtlash Aug 12, 2011

    ain't so secret now!!!!! ;-)

  • bajadudes Aug 12, 2011

    Well it's not a secret anymore.....