Official visitor information site for Durham, NC

Hiking, Jogging & Biking Areas

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

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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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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Eno River State Park

6101 Cole Mill Rd, Main Access Area: Fews Ford off of Cole Mill Rd

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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2.5-mile hiking and jogging trail with easy access from five lodging properties.
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Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

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

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

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

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

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).

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

Throughout Research Triangle Park

Nearly 15 miles of walking and bicycle paths through Research Triangle Park.
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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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September 19 - 19, 2014

Moonlight & Starlight Paddle

Enjoy the wildlife, soak in the moonrays & starshine, and experience the sounds of nature. These very leisurely paddles are suitable for just about anyone. Pre-registration required. Cost $25 per person (canoe), $30 per person (kayak).

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