Monday, December 10, 2012

West Point on the Eno - Durham

Are you all amazed with this weather?  December in North Carolina giveth.  And we taketh.  To take advantage of the opportunity to get some wild and high energy kids outside my friend and I spent the morning at West Point on the Eno the other week.
This is one of the few historic parks in Durham (like Leigh Farm, Bennett Place, and Duke Homestead).  There is an old mill here, a bunch of buildings dating back to as early as 1778 (some housing museums), 388 acres of land, 2 miles of track on the Eno River, an ampitheatre, a garden, beautiful walking trails, and picnic facilities.  There are various educational programs held at West Point park that you can see at this link here.  Canoe and kayak rentals are also available at West Point park and you can get more information on that here or even put in your own kayak.

West Point has many opportunities to get in the Eno River, too.  At this park there are plenty of spots to wade in and get your feet wet - not that we did that this trip but certainly something to remember for the warmer days of summer.

We ended up taking the kids on a great little hike.  West Point on the Eno has a lot of really accessible trails that weave in and out of the woods and down to the water.  Our kids really enjoyed this and I loved seeing the views of the river through the trees.  The trails are not long and our group especially enjoyed going over the pedestrian bridge and looking down at the Eno.

We packed a picnic lunch and spent some time eating at one of the numerous picnic tables available here.  There are also expanses of lawn where you can find some shade under a tree and enjoy your food.

The buildings are open for visitors 1 - 5 pm on the weekends only mid-March through December.  Admission to the park is free and gates are open year-round from sun up to sun down.

There are public restroom facilities open when the park is.

West Point on the Eno hosts the hugely popular Festival for the Eno 4th of July weekend every year.

West Point on the Eno Park
http://www.enoriver.org/eno/parks/WestPoint/westpoint.html
5101 N Roxboro Street
Durham
919-471-1623

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