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Daffodils on Dunnagan Trail at Eno River State Park - Durham, NC

The daffodils at Dix Park in Raleigh are great, but admittedly, they are popular and can get a bit crowded. If you’re looking for a calmer, more serene place to see some beautiful daffodils, we have just the spot for you.


The Dunnagan Trail by the Eno River has an old homesite and a small graveyard (which we actually posted about a few years ago), and is also home to a few beautiful stretches of daffodils.


This trail can be accessed from 410 Continental Drive in Durham (put that in your GPS and you should be good), and within just a few minutes of beginning the trail, you’ll begin to see daffodils. You will then come to a fork in the trail - go right, then down the hill by a large fallen tree and over a wooden footbridge. A few minutes this way will take you to the homesite - you’ll know you’re there by seeing the large patch of daffodils and a large pile of what looks like stone rubble. A few feet further and you can see the small graveyard to the left of the trail. From parking lot to this area is less than a 10-minute walk.


The Dunnagan Trail is a 1.8 mile loop that is nice, but if you’re going with little children, I would recommend heading back the way you came rather than taking the loop because at one point along the Eno, to complete the loop, you have to climb down a big crag of a rock. (Discovered that surprise with a 2-year-old Peter in tow and that was not great. 😅) We would, however, recommend backtracking and taking the left side of the fork down to enjoy a small access point to the Eno River.


This path is hilly in places, the walk back from the Eno moreso than the daffodil area, but not insurmountable. We just take a few breaks. It really does not take long to get to either the daffodils or the Eno, so we feel like a little bit of huffing and puffing is worth it.


A few other logistics:


* There is very little parking here. It’s just a small gravel patch on the side of the road.


* No bathrooms.


* Not stroller friendly.


* Some areas are hilly, so hold littles hands.


* The last photo here is a map of the trail area that I found on enotrails.com.


Do you have any cool flower spots you like to go to? Let us know in the comments!


(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on February 24, 2023.)

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