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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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Sarah P. Duke Gardens

Named one of the top 10 public gardens in the U.S. by TripAdvisor and winner of the 2013 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence, Duke Gardens is a stunning 55-acre public garden on the …

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West Point on the Eno

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 …

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SEEDS Educational Garden

Founded in 1994, SEEDS is a two-acre urban garden and cooking classroom in the heart of Durham. SEEDS develops the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth, and each other through growing, …

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Shady Oaks Park

Includes play ground.

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Sherwood Park

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

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Solite Park

Includes basketball courts, greenway access, pump track/gateway mountain bike trail, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, large shelters, and water fountains.

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Southern Boundaries Park

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

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Spruce Pine Lodge

1940s vintage log building located in the Lake Michie Recreation Area. Spruce Pine Lodge is available to rent for weddings, large picnics, meetings, retreats, parties, and other group activities. …

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The Dinosaur Trail at the Museum of Life + Science

Take an unforgettable journey into the Late Cretaceous period along a half-mile forest path featuring life-sized dinosaur replicas and a fossil dig site. Included with admission to the Museum of Life …

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Trail and Pump Track at Solite Park

In 2016, Performance Bicycle associates designed and constructed a Pump Track Expansion Project, adding two additional tracks to the original pump track at Solite Park. All three tracks join together …

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Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau
212 W Main St #101
Durham, NC 27701 USA
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