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Nature Places

Durham gets a lot of attention as a thriving urban environment, but its natural areas also receive national praise. Regardless of the season, Durham's outdoor beauty is always a breath of fresh air. Lofty pines, stately oaks, abundant evergreens - both in urban and rural areas - create a beautiful setting that may be hard to leave.

Experience Durham's natural beauty by hiking the scenic trails along the river at Eno River State Park, mountain biking at Little River Regional Park & Recreation Area, bird-watching at West Point on the Eno City Park, or simply enjoying the peaceful ambiance of nature.

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Duke Lemur Center

  • 3705 Erwin Rd at NC Hwy 751
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 401-7240
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Lemurs are native only to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation from other primates. But luckily for Durham locals and visitors, you don’t have to travel to the Indian Ocean to find a lemur: …

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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 …

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American Village Park

  • 4703 American Dr
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small shelters, and water fountains.

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Bay-Hargrove Park

  • 208 Hargrove St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • Downtown Area

Includes picnic facilities and play grounds.

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Belmont Park

  • 2200 Sovereign St
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes picnic facilities and play grounds.

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Birchwood Park

  • 3105 Hursey St
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Includes basketball courts, play grounds, and youth baseball fields.

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Burch Avenue Park

  • 800 Birch Ave
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 560-4355
  • East Durham

Includes grills, picnic facilities, and play grounds.

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Burton Park

  • 1000 Sima Ave
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • East Durham

Includes basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, small shelters, and water fountains.

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Butterfly House at the Museum of Life + Science

  • 433 W Murray Ave
  • I-85 Exit 176-B
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 220-5429
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Three-story tropical butterfly conservatory, the largest on the East Coast, featuring exotic flowers and tropical plants in a rainforest area and stream garden. Insectarium has more than 25 live …

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C.M. Herndon Park

  • 511 Scott King Rd
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes soccer and baseball fields, playground, picnic shelter, parking, and more.

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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