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“One of the many nice parks in Durham”

West Point on the Eno
Ranked #18 of 80 things to do in Durham
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Located on an old farm with a working grist mill (operates in the summer months on Saturday). The old farm house is open on weekends. A photographic museum is located in one of the out buildings. The park has numerous trails along the Eno River and are accessible year round. Park opens at 8 am and this is the time to go as you usually have it to yourself.

The only downside is with the infrastructure maintenance. The bridge over the mill pond has needed repairs for several years, mind the posts at either end of the bridge as they are very loose, particularly at end nearest the river also very big step at the end of the bridge. The bridge near the river weir really needs to be re planked. The gravel road gets very rutted after the spring rains.

We have been enjoying this park since our move to Durham over 12 years ago. We go 4 or 5 times a month.

When in Durham do this.

1  Thank Bob K
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Reviewed 12 September 2013

I like the setting and the old mill site. I usually take the kayak and go upstream on the Eno river. The scenery and the wildlife are wonderful.

1  Thank Wayne D
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Reviewed 26 August 2013

I stopped at the West Point on the Eno Park soon after it opened at 8:00 am Sunday morning and practically had the trails to myself. The park is easy to find on N. Roxboro Rd and just minutes from downtown Durham. There are several different parking lots, but the first one that you come to is convenient as any of the others. The first lot also has a interpretive sign explaining that General Sherman's most northerly line during the truce leading to Confederate General Johnston's surrender at Bennett Place.

All of the trails at the park are easy. None except one are more than a mile in total in length. Except for a few stretches near the river, the trails are pretty much flat. Even for those sections that are steep, there are ways to get around it if you do not like steep slopes. Most of the scenic portions are along the river, otherwise you are hiking through the woods. You get a sense of being out in the wilderness even though you are just a few feet away from the concrete jungle. You can still hear cars in some spots, but otherwise it is just the sound f the birds and the water.

In addition to the hiking trails, the park also houses a gist mill, the McCown-Mangum house, the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography and a tobacco barn. The McCown-Mangum house was originally built around 1850 and is maintained and open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00-4:00pm. The mill is open during the same hours. I was there too early so didn't get a chance to see either.

I would recommend the West End on the Eno Park if you're looking for a place to spend some time in nature and see different sites. If you're lucky you'll get a chance to see different wildlife as well. And the site is free which is always a bonus.

Thank wbullseye
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Reviewed 27 May 2013

West Point on the Eno is a well maintained and enjoyable way to appreciate nature. The are several hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty. Well worth a trip.

Thank John F
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

You have to drive through some ugly urban sprawl to get there, but the park itself goes on and on, just charming. The Eno Park is one of the nicest in NC!

Thank GeorgeSmart
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