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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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Garrett Road Park

  • 6815 Garrett Rd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes fishing, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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Glendale Heights Park

  • 707 W Murray Ave
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Includes greenway access and picnic facilities.

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Grant Park

  • 918 Grant St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes play grounds.

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Great Lawn at Durham Central Park

  • 501 Foster St, Downtown Durham
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 794-8194
  • Downtown Area

With Mt. Merrill (an ADA-accessible "climbing mound"), a skate park, the Garden of Eatin', and a total of five acres, you're sure to find your refuge for fun in the heart of Downtown Durham.

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Hideaway Woods

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

Hideaway Woods is a two-acre, forested learning environment featuring tree houses, a flowing streambed, and fanciful nature sculptures. Connected by rope bridges, the tree house village encourages …

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Hill Demonstration Forest Trails

  • NE Durham - Take US Hwy 501N and turn right on Moore's Mill Rd.
  • Rougemont, NC 27572
  • (919) 515-2891

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 …

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Hillside Park

  • 1301 S Roxboro St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes basketball courts, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, restrooms, large shelters, spray ground, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.

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Holt School Road Park

  • 4102 Holt School Rd
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

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

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Horton Grove Nature Preserve

  • 7360 Jock Rd
  • Bahama, NC 27503
  • (919) 908-8809
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Horton Grove is Triangle Land Conservancy's largest nature preserve at just over 708 acres. The preserve contains land on both sides of Jock Road in Northern Durham, which was once part of the …

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Indian Trail Park

  • 1701 Albany St
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes greenway access, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, and water fountains.

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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