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Hiking

Al Buehler Cross Country Trail

NC Hwy 751 and Science Dr, Durham, NC 27705

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.
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American Tobacco Trail

Downtown Durham to NC Hwy 54, Durham, NC 27701

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.
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Carolina Godiva Track Club

See website for details, Durham, NC

Adult track club specializing in recreational and competitive runs. Visitors welcome.
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Downtown Guide & Walking Tour

Downtown Durham Loop and environs, Durham, NC 27701

Printed, two-to-four-mile walking guide of Durham’s historic Downtown area, available at the Durham Visitor Information Center, 101 E Morgan St, Downtown.
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Duke Forest

NC Hwy 751, Durham, NC 27708

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, and picnics permitted; see website for regulations.
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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 to your environment. Activities can include mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping trips, outdoor skills classes, and other team building activities.
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Ellerbe Creek Watershed Urban Nature Reserves

2100 Perennial Dr, Durham, NC 27705

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 including several urban nature preserves with hiking trails and wetlands. It passes through or by many of Durham's visitor features including Bennett Place State Historic Site, Croasdale and Hillandale Golf Courses, Duke Homestead, the Ninth Street District and Duke East Campus and the Museum of Life and Science. Pearl Mill Preserve can be accessed just west of Markham and Rand Street. 17-Acre Wood Preserve can be accessed at Albany Street just south of Indian Trail. Glennstone Preserve can be accessed at off Glennstone Drive off Glenn Road (turn right on Glennstone Drive off Glen Road and park at the pagoda next to the Stormwater detention pond and look for the kiosk where there are trail maps). Visit http://www.ellerbecreek.org/explore/nature-walks.html for more details on nature walks.
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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

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 those who wish to experience the natural beauty the region has to offer. The river winds through hills and bluffs with shrubs and pines that are ready to be hiked and enjoyed through one of five access points. Day trips can also include canoeing or fishing in the Eno itself and can also easily turn into overnight trips with both individual/small group and group camp sites available along the trails in the park. There’s ample opportunity to sink in to the peaceful atmosphere of the natural forests for as much time as you need before you return to your daily life, whether it’s a quick walk or a night under the stars.
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Falls Lake Trail

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A 34-mile nature trail, the area’s longest, that stretches from NC Highway 98, at the Little Lick Creek crossing along Falls Lake, and east into Wake County. Part of the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail.
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Hill Demonstration Forest Trails

NE Durham - Take US Hwy 501N and turn right on Moore's Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC

Established in 1929, this 2,450-acre forest has been managed by North Carolina State University as a teaching laboratory, where students learn to survey, measure, identify vegetation, perform water and soil tests and undertake the myriad other tasks that are part of every forester's job.
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Horton Grove Nature Preserve

Jock Road @36.143974,-78.845873, Durham, NC 27712

Adjacent to Historic Stagville, Horton Grove Nature Preserve is in the process of restoring a native piedmont prairie for greater biodiversity and to encourage pollination. It will provide miles of outdoor trails and educational opportunities to the public free of charge; protect five miles of buffered streams for the drinking water quality of 500,000; and preserve mature wood forests for a vast number of plant and animal species habitat. The fifth, and largest, nature preserve by Triangle Land Conservancy, the Preserve will work closely with Stagville to create a comprehensive experience for visitors that explores the connection between the site's natural and cultural history.
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Imperial Center & Walking Trail

1005 Slater Rd, Durham, NC 27703

2.5-mile hiking and jogging trail with easy access from five lodging properties.
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Leigh Farm Park

370 Leigh Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

This 90-acre nature preserve is the site of a 19th century plantation which features an antebellum house and a cluster of farm buildings including a dairy, smokehouse, and slaves' quarters. Leigh Farm Park is also home to an 18-hole recreational and professional level disc golf course managed by the Durham Orange Recreational Disc Association.
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Little River Lake

Orange Factory and Old Blalock Rds, Durham, NC 27712

Recreational area offering bank fishing, motor and rowboat rentals. Fee charged for boating and fishing. Privately-owned boats not permitted.
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Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

Along the Durham/Orange County border, entrance on Guess Rd (NC Hwy 157), Rougemont, NC 27572

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 are seven miles of hiking trails, seven miles of mountain biking trails, and a birding trail taking you through hardwood forest and around the flowing waters. There is also a group campground, as well as picnic shelters, an open-play meadow, and a playground. In addition, there are restored buildings from the farms and mills once active on the site, and the park regularly offers educational programming on a variety of topics.
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New Hope Bottomlands Trail

4800 Chapel Hill Rd, trailhead at Githens Middle School, Durham, NC 27707

2.2-mile trail through the New Hope Creek flood plain with hiking and walking. Begins near Githens Middle School in Southwest Durham.
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North/South Greenway Trail

Trinity Ave to Club Blvd through Northgate Park into Rock Quarry Park, Durham, NC 27701

3.5-mile trail from the Eno River through Downtown Durham ideal for hiking and running.
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Penny's Bend Nature Preserve

3706 Snow Hill Rd, at Old Oxford Hwy, Durham, NC 27712

Uncover unusual wildflowers and unique rock formations on this 84-acre peninsula formed by the Eno River. Includes hiking trail; occasional guided tours by the NC Botanical Garden.
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Quarry Trail

East Club Blvd (between Rock Quarry and Northgate Parks)., Durham, NC 27704

Hiking, jogging, and biking trails between Rock Quarry and Northgate Park.
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RTP Jogging & Pedestrian Trails

Throughout Research Triangle Park, Research Triangle Park, NC

Nearly 15 miles of walking and bicycle paths through Research Triangle Park.
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Tree Camp

See website for details, Durham, NC

Become familiar with the 100 species of trees native to the Eno River valley on a leisurely study-walk guided by Durham native and naturalist Riverdave. Call or visit website for more details, location, and dates.
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West Point on the Eno

5101 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27704

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 largest mill on the river operates once again after the original closed in 1942, and its products are sold on site. The restored house of the one-time mill owners is also available to tour, and the old tobacco packhouse is now home to the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography. There are also five miles of scenic trails along the river and the surrounding bluffs for hiking and fishing, picnic facilities available for rent, an amphitheater used for festivals and concerts, and the river itself, with a natural play space and rapids that can be explored on a paddling trip.
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