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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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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)

The 84 acres that encompass the Museum of Life + Science are packed full of attractions designed to spark wonder and curiosity in guests. Popular exhibits include one of the largest butterfly houses …

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Maplewood Park

  • 1507 Whitcomb St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes play grounds.

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Morreene Road Park & Recreation Center

  • 1102 Morreene Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes basketball courts, picnic facilities, play grounds, small recreation center, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.

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Northgate Park

  • 300 West Club Blvd
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes dog park, greenway access, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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Old Farm Road Park

  • 7 Hedgerow Pl
  • Durham, NC 27704
  • (919) 560-4355
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Includes athletic field, basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, soccer fields, and water fountains.

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Old North Durham Park

  • 310 W Geer St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • Downtown Area

Ball fields, not lighted (baseball, soccer)

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Orchard Park

  • 1000 S Duke St
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

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

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Oval Drive Park

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

Includes adult softball field, basketball courts, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.

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Penny's Bend Nature Preserve

  • 3706 Snow Hill Rd, at Old Oxford Hwy
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 962-0522
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

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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Piney Wood Park

  • 400 East Woodcroft Pkwy
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Includes dog park, athletic field, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, soccer fields, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.

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