by William Majoros
Penny's Bend is a delightful nature preserve situated within a loop of the Eno River. A trail runs along the watercourse through pleasant forest habitat; white-eyed and red-eyed vireos are common here in spring. Another trail ascends the hill on the interior of this loop, where a medium-sized meadow is located. Bluebird boxes dot the mowed trail which bisects the meadow. Song sparrows, Common Yellowthroats, Red-headed Woodpeckers, and Yellow-breasted Chats are commonly seen here in the warmer months. Hawks are also reputed to be common here.
In Durham County (NC), taken interstate 85 to Roxboro Road north (also called local 15/501). Turn right at Church's Chicken onto Old Oxford Highway. Passing over the Eno River bridge, turn left onto Snow Hill road, and then turn immediately into the parking lot on the left.
- Do not leave valuables in the car.
- Ticks can be a problem in summer.
- Boundaries of bordering private property are not clearly marked
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