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Waterways & Water Activities

If you're looking to explore waterways – from creeks to rivers to lakes – Durham offers a number of perfect settings and activities. The Eno RiverFalls Lake, and Lake Michie are just the start – browse the listings below for opportunities to hike, boat, fish, and more, so you can explore and enjoy these natural environments.

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Recreation & Activities

Recreation & Activities


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Eno River State Park

  • 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Main Access Area: Fews Ford off of Cole Mill Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705-9275
  • (919) 383-1686
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

The Eno River flows through Durham for 33 miles before eventually ending up in Falls Lake on the eastern edge of the county. This park, only 10 miles from Downtown Durham, offers terrific access for …

Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

  • Park entrance is off Guess Rd, 1 mile north of the Durham/Orange County line
  • 301 Little River Park Way
  • Rougemont, NC 27572
  • (919) 732-5505
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

With 391 acres of park and natural area developed from tobacco farmland, the Little River Regional Park & Natural Area offers ample opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Durham County. There …

West Point on the Eno

  • 5101 N Roxboro Rd
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 471-1623
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Combining natural beauty and history, West Point on the Eno is free park along the Eno River spanning 404 acres with three historic buildings. A rebuilt grist mill on the site of what was once the …

Edison Johnson Recreation Center

  • 500 W Murray Ave
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4270
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Urban Nature Reserves

  • 2100 Perennial Dr
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Ellerbe Creek is one of several watershed that cross Durham. From its headwater at Cole Mill Road until it empties into Falls Lake, it is being restored by the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association …

Eno River Association

  • 4404 Guess Rd
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 620-9099
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Dedicated to conserving and protecting the nature, culture, and history of the Eno River basin. Hikes and outings are offered each Sunday from January through mid-May. Festival for the Eno is …

Flat River

  • Moore's Mill Rd off US Hwy 501 N to State Forest Rd
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4326
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Natural area for boating/sailing, mild whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, and rockhounding.

Frog Hollow Outdoors Adventure Service

  • 614 Trent Dr
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 416-1200
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Guided individual and group tours as well as kayak and canoe rentals. Advance reservations required; no walk-in traffic. See website for details.

Jordan Lake Wetlands/State Recreation Area

  • Along NC 54 and NC 751
  • Apex, NC 27502
  • (919) 362-0586
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Five impoundment areas ranging from 50 to 2,000 acres providing habitats for waterfowl, including ducks and Canadian geese. Bird-watching (duck-hunting, Dec-Jan).

Lake Michie Recreation Area

  • 2303 Bahama Rd
  • Bahama, NC 27503
  • (919) 477-3906
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Picnic area/shelters, hiking trails, bird-watching, and rockhounding. Park access is free; fee for boating, and fishing.


Durham Spotlight
Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
Phone: (919) 687-0288
Toll Free: (800) 446-8604