The Pump House Labyrinth and Castle Walls
As soon as you pass the wall, you’ll see the coolest part of the exploration: The Pump House, sitting on the cliff edges of the Eno River. It looks like a castle tower with a labyrinth attached to the bottom.
The roof and tops of the walls of the pump house are long gone, but the foundation still stands, at least 40 x40′ with crumbling 2 to 4 foot walls creating a labyrinth on the riverbank. You can walk through what’s left of the door, and even make out a circular window, about 1.5 feet in diameter. Walking through the remains of the pump house, you can still get a sense of the layout and where each room must have been.
It feels like walking through an old, abandoned maze of rocks and decaying brick walls. It makes for some nice photos. There’s even a geocache hidden out there.
Once you cross through the remnants of the pump house’s foundation, you’ll see a WARNING sign, urging hikers to utilize caution. The “tower” portion consists of huge stone walls, still intact, looming perilously over the Eno. I carefully slid across the top portion of a wall, which is only about 2 feet wide, but very stable.
I looked down to admire to rushing water, about 15 feet below. From this paramount, the Eno’s rapids and hanging trees look like a watercolor painting. The sunset over the river and chirps of early Spring crickets and frogs echoed around me in the golden hour as the sun set. In the distance, I could hear a storm approaching.
When standing atop the precarious wall, you balance atop the Eno on one side, and the internal guts of the pump station on the other. About 15 feet below me, I saw the mechanical rotor and pipes of the station. I climbed down to get some photos.