Eno River State Park is getting a little bigger, thanks to a 6.4-acre donation from the Eno River Association.
The association purchased the land off Sparger Road, near the Durham-Orange county line, using money donated by the Margaret C. Nygard Land Acquisition Fund. The land is bordered by the park on two sides and comes within 150 feet of the N.C. Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which runs along the Eno River.
“The donation of this property to State Parks from the Eno River Association will strengthen our efforts to maintain water quality and protect and preserve public lands along the Eno River,” park superintendent Keith Nealson said in a statement. “It will allow an important forested and scenic buffer for local residents using our trails and will enable us to maintain a continuous area of wildlife habitat now and in the future.”
The Eno River Association was instrumental in the creation of the Eno River State Park in the early 1970s and works to expand the park and other protected natural areas throughout the river basin.