A pristine water-filled quarry. You might want to bring a floatie for this hole.
There’s a trail around the whole quarry and at one end, you can hike into the Eno River as well.
This is a highly used swimming hole by locals, so expect to share your shore spot with others. There are 3-4 mostly flat areas on the side where you can set your items. Dogs must stay on leash (rangers ticket).
Some kids “cliff jump” on the north side of the quarry, but this is quite dangerous as the land keeps receding from the water here.
Arrive early for a quieter, less populated adventure.
Swimming Hole Location
- Howe Street, Durham, NC
- 36.04250613639751, -78.99950981140137
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- Special Directions:
- Get to Sparger Rd in Durham. On the north side of the I- 85 overpass turn onto Howe St.. Go about .5 mile down Howe St. The parking lot is on the right at the end of the road. It fills up early and rangers will turn you away when it's full, so get there early. The lot is open 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. The trail head is easy to find. Begin walking and then take the first trail that goes off to the left. Keep walking and when the trail splits take the trail to the left again. There will be a sign pointing the way to the quarry. It's about a mile and a half walk from the parking lot to the quarry. Not a difficult hike, but don't bring a lot of stuff.