Hike & Swim at the Eno Quarry

Eno River State Park

Short hike back to a deep quarry that makes for a perfect swimming hole. 

Escape the NC heat at the quarry at Eno River State Park.

Access the Eno Quarry via Cabe Lands Access Point (parking lot off of Howe Street). Follow the Cabe Lands Trail (red blazes) from the parking lot. About 80 yards down the path you'll see a trail split off to the left which leads through the woods about 0.9 miles to the quarry. After you cross the Eno River, popular for fly fishing as most of the stream can be waded, you will reach the Quarry Loop Trail. The loop is about 1/2 mile long and runs around the perimeter of the quarry. 

The quarry is a popular swimming hole. Known for its deep water, daredevils can be seen diving off the banks. while others prefer to float around. Because of its depth, there are rarely places to stand or touch the bottom of the quarry while swimming, so even confident swimmers should bring rafts or flotation devices. Swim at your own risk.

Pack List

  • Tube or Raft
  • Watershoes or Chacos
  • Water
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Activities Chillin, Fishing, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Spring, Summer
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Dog Friendly
Cliff Jumping
Swimming Hole


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Amazing Scenery

The beauty of the piedmont region definitely reigns in this state park. I have enjoyed this place for years and their annual Eno River Festival has brought great cheer to my family for generations.

Amazing Trail Run

This is a beautiful hike or run. The return trip is when it gets extremely fun. Its uphill the entire way back. Pace yourself.

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound Collective.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

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