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Hiking/Running Trails & Areas

When it comes to hiking and running trails, Durham is rich with a variety of options. Eno River State Park and Little River Regional Park & Natural Area feature hiking and biking trails along winding rivers and hills. West Point on the Eno City Park includes a historic mill and farmhouse surrounded by trails with beautiful views of the Eno River. There are also urban pathways lined with nature preserves, trails through protected forests, and more. Search the listings below to find the perfect setting for an active day outdoors.

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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 …

Al Buehler Cross Country Trail

  • NC Hwy 751 and Science Dr
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 613-8013
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

More than three miles of gravel jogging and walking trails around the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Course. Named for Al Buehler, former Duke track coach and six-time ACC Champion.

American Tobacco Trail

  • Downtown Durham to NC Hwy 54
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • Downtown Area

12 miles of trails from Downtown Durham to NC Hwy 54, then from Massey Chapel Rd to Durham/Chatham County line. Bicycling, hiking, walking, and running.

Downtown Durham YMCA

  • 218 W Morgan St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 667-9622
  • Downtown Area

Community-based fitness center that features cardiovascular and strength training equipment, group fitness classes, and personal trainers. Members and their guests only, with memberships available.

Downtown Self-Guided Walking Tour

  • Downtown Durham Loop, City Central District
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 687-0288
  • Downtown Area

Printed guide for a self-guided, two-to-four-mile walking tour of Durham’s historic downtown area, available at the Durham Visitor Info Center located at 212 W Main St #101, Downtown.

Duke Forest

  • NC Hwy 751
  • Durham, NC 27708
  • (919) 613-8013
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

7,060-acre teaching and research forest of Duke University with a variety of ecosystems represented. Preserved for research and recreation since the 1930s. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, …

Durham Parks and Recreation’s Outdoor Recreation

  • 1100 Morreene Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4405
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Programs are founded on the principle that participants learn more effectively if they are actively engaged in the process. We can work with your group to develop a plan for adding adventure learning …

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 …


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