We've lucked out. WRAL is forecasting temperatures reaching 65 degrees on Saturday, a great day for a hike or some outdoor play especially after last weekend's snow. And Eno River State Park is a perfect spot to do it.
I met up with park superintendent Keith Nealson the other week who told me more about the park and offered some tips for families who want to check out this very popular natural area.
- Eno Trace Trail is a half mile long loop trail and easy for families with young kids.
- The longer Cox Mountain Trail, which is about four miles, features a swinging bridge not too far from the beginning of the trail. Nealson says it's a popular spot for hikers to walk to and hang out.
- Few's Ford offers some good access points to shallow spots on the Eno River, very popular with young kids and their families in the warmer months.
- The 1.5 mile Buckquarter Creek Trail is another good hike and a particularly beautiful one, Nealson tells me.
- Another popular spot that's part of the state park is a couple of small ponds for fishing at Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. You can find the ponds from the address 620 Virginia Cates Rd.
If you go, there are a few things to know:
- Swimming in the river is allowed, but Nealson asks people to be very careful. There are no lifeguards and it can be dangerous.
- Fishing is allowed and kids ages 15 and under do not need a fishing license as long as they are with a licensed adult.
- And you can camp at Eno River State Park, but just know that this is very primitive camping. You'll have to walk as much as 1 1/2 miles to your camp site. And all you'll find is a pit toilet, a pad for your tent and a place for a fire. There's no water, plumbing or electrical connections. Primitive.
And I'll add that the trails are mostly natural, so not especially stroller friendly.
Watch the video for more information about Eno River.
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