Sandy beach
No
Cliff jumping
No
Hike-in Required
Yes
Sensitive Habitat
No
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The Eno Quarry is located a few miles northwest of Durham, North Carolina, in Eno River State Park. What began as a source of stone for Interestate 85’s construction in the '60s is now a secluded 4-acre, 60-foot-deep summer oasis.

The quarry is a 0.8-mile hike from the parking lot by way of the Cabelands and Eno Quarry trails. The lot is rather small, so arriving before noon on the weekends is recommended. The Cabelands Trail forks shortly after leaving the lot, and you will bear left. In another 0.4 mile, you will turn left at the sign for the Eno Quarry Trail. You will then encounter a large sign that states swimming is not recommended. However, it is not prohibited. The park’s rangers accept that people will take a dip and, as a result, routinely patrol the area to ensure common sense rules are being followed: no alcohol, no unleashed dogs, and others. In another 0.2 mile, you will cross a small stream and come to the edge of the quarry. You can follow the trail around until one of the various spots that provides easy entry and exit into the water strikes your fancy.

When you're ready for a break from swimming in the rainwater-filled quarry, the mature trees that surround the area provide plenty of shade and opportunities to hang a hammock if you've brought one. If you're in the mood for something more exciting, there are also not-quite-cliffs to jump off of into the water.

For those fond of both literally and figuratively forest bathing, the Eno Quarry provides a delightful escape only a short distance from Durham.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Deep water. Shaded surroundings.

Cons

Crowded on weekend afternoons.

Pets allowed

Allowed with Restrictions

Features

Near lake or river

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

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