Eno - Lawrence Rd. (Route 1561) to Dam above Pleasant Green (Route 1567)


Eno, North Carolina, US

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Lawrence Rd. (Route 1561) to Dam above Pleasant Green (Route 1567)

Usual Difficulty I-III (for normal flows)
Length 6.2 Miles

Cabes Ford Ledge & Below


Cabes Ford Ledge & Below
Photo of Sandy Metz by Janet Barbato taken 07/04/03

Gauge Information

Name Range Difficulty Updated Level
ENO RIVER AT HILLSBOROUGH, NC
usgs-02085000 2.20 - 7.10 ft I-III 01h09m 2.91 ft (running)


River Description

SAFETY NOTE:
As of July 4, 2003, there is a large tree down creating a DANGEROUS STRAINER spanning the entire river in the last rapid above the takeout at Pleasant Green. At 2.5' - 3', it can be ducked under on river left - use caution. Above 3' the strainer is not passable and must be portaged which may be difficult. Until the strainer is gone, it is advised that paddlers take out at the Fews Ford access and not attempt to run the second half from Fews Ford to Pleasant Green.

DESCRIPTION:
The first half of the run (roughly) extends from the put in to the suspended wooden footbridge (known locally as The Swinging Bridge) at the Fews Ford access of the Eno Park System. There are I's, II's and a few III's in this section. Soon after passing under the second set of power lines is Frank's Ledge. It is best to run it just left of center. Then, about a quarter mile upstream of The Swinging Bridge is Cabe's Ford Ledge on river left. Look for where the hiking trail dips down to the river's edge and the wooden walkways and steps along the cliffs on the left side. You can easily get out and climb the steps to scout the rapid which is about a 3' spillover at levels of 2.5' - 3'.

In the second half of the run, the river calms considerably with nothing above an easy II. The last mile or so of paddling before the take out is on flat water. Beware of Duke Dam just below the takeout near Pleasant Green Rd. There are dangerous hydraulics immediately below the dam.

The Eno River Association web site (http://www.enoriver.org/eno/canoeing.htm) describes this section as 2 trips.
Trip 1 (take out at Fews Ford): "There are a lot of minor rapids, 2 moderate ones, and an advanced rapid just before the Take Out. It should be scouted before running. It is best to run it at the slick and stay on the left of the rock. Historic points include the ruins of Berry's Public Mill, Holden's Mill and the site of Few's Mill."
Trip 2 (from Fews Ford to Pleasant Green): "This is a novice section. It is mostly flat water with a few small rapids at the beginning. The current diminishes downstream as you approach the old Duke Power Dam. Be Careful, especially in high water, not to get too close to the dam. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RUN IT. Within a hundred feet above the dam, Stoney Creek enters from the right. This is a scenic site with a series of waterfalls resembling a mountain stream. The climb along this creek is interesting and rewarding. It is accessible from the large parking lot at this Take Out."

There are descriptions of other sections of the Eno River and links to maps on the Association's web site as well.

Directions to Take Out at Fews Ford (preferred):
From Route 85 in Durham, take exit 173 to Cole Mill Road. Go north toward Eno River State Park for 4 miles. Along the way, you will pass the Cole Mill Rd. entrance to the park. Do not enter here. Cross over Pleasant Green Rd. and continue on Cole Mill Rd. for another .8 mile and enter the park at the Fews Ford Access.

Directions from the Take Out at Fews Ford to Put In on Lawrence Rd.
Exit the park onto Cole Mill Rd, then turn right (south) onto Pleasant Green Road. Stay on Pleasant Green for 2 miles to US-70. Turn right onto US-70 West and go 3.4 miles to Lawrence Rd. Bear right onto Lawrence Rd. (gravel) and go North for 1.2 miles. Park either just before or just after the bridge crossing the river.

River Access:
On Lawrence Rd., there is a trail leading from the left side of the road just after the bridge down to the river.

Directions to Take Out at Pleasant Green Road:
From Route 85 in Durham, go South towards Hillsborough and get off at exit 170. At the end of a long exit ramp, turn right at the light onto Pleasant Green Rd. The park entrance is about a half mile up the road on the left. It is a small entrance with a small sign ... easy to miss. If you pass the bridge going over the river, you missed it. The parking lot at the park is small.

Directions From Take Out at Pleasant Green to Put In at Lawrence Road:
From the parking lot, turn right and go South on Pleasant Green Rd. for 0.44 miles to US-70 West. Turn right onto US-70 West and go 3.4 miles to Lawrence Rd. Bear right onto Lawrence Rd. (gravel) and go North for 1.2 miles. Park either just before or just after the bridge crossing the river.

River Access:
On Lawrence Rd., there is a trail leading from the left side of the road just after the bridge down to the river.


StreamTeam Status: Verified
Last Updated: 2003-09-25 09:37:57

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Rapid Descriptions

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User Comments


2006-06-16 14:37:49 (2864 days ago)
David SichiDetails
The large tree that one spanned the river on the section between fews ford and pleasent green dam
just past the little red car is gone. However there is a new one on the next section past the cole
mill road bridge. The park ranger cut some of it out and it is passable depending on the level. It
is in a calm section and poises little threat.
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