Orange County

Eno River Association buys 56 acres along the river

Panthers Branch, near its confluence with the Eno River in Orange County.
Panthers Branch, near its confluence with the Eno River in Orange County. COURTESY OF THE ENO RIVER ASSOCIATION

The Eno River Association has purchased 56 acres along the river upstream of Hillsborough as part of its ongoing efforts to protect wildlife habitat, open space and the river’s water quality.

The land was purchased last week with the help of the City of Raleigh, which is also interested in protecting the Eno. The river flows across the north side of Durham and into Falls Lake, which is Raleigh and Wake County’s main source of drinking water. The sales price was not disclosed.

The property lies just north of Lebanon Road and includes nearly seven-tenths of a mile of river frontage. It also includes portions of two tributaries: Panthers Branch and an unnamed creek.

The land is just upstream of Corporation Lake, also known as Orange-Alamance Lake, and Lake Ben Johnston, both sources of water for Orange and Alamance counties and the Town of Hillsborough.

The Eno River Association has now protected more than 7,130 acres of land in Durham and Orange counties, including conservation easements on private land and property that is now part of Eno River State Park. The land acquired last week won’t become part of the park but may someday be open to the public, said Cynthia W. Satterfield, the association’s development director.

In the meantime, the association is preparing to break ground on an open-air pavilion at The Confluence Natural Area off Highland Farm Road, where the east and west forks of the Eno meet to form the main stem of the river.

The association hopes to open the 180-acre Confluence to the public by next spring and host a science camp for middle and high school students there next summer, Satterfield said.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling

Festival for the Eno

The Eno River Association will hold its annual festival on July 1 and 4 at West Point on the Eno City Park in Durham. The 38th edition of the festival will feature live music with more than 65 artists on four stages, a juried craft show spotlighting more than 80 local artisans, food trucks and area food vendors, a beer garden and educational workshops.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Parking: Free at the Durham County Memorial Stadium on Duke Street, with free shuttle bus rides to and from the park.

Cost: Tickets sold in advance are $18 for a one-day pass ($23 at gate), $30 for a two-day pass ($35 at gate). Tickets available at or at more than 25 local ticket outlets.

Info:, 919-620-9099, ext. 207