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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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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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C.R. Wood Park

  • 417 Commonwealth Ave
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

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

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Campus Hills Park

  • 2000 S Alston Ave
  • Durham, NC 27713
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

Includes adult softball field, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, and water fountains.

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Carroll Street Park

  • 815 Carroll St
  • Durham, NC 27701
  • (919) 560-4355
  • Downtown Area

Includes basketball court and picnic facilities.

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Catch the Wind 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)

Catch the Wind is a four-acre outdoor learning experience at the Museum of Life and Science featuring a series of large-scale, interactive exhibits that express how wind influences the environment. …

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Cook Road Park

  • 608 Cook Rd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

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

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Cornwallis Road Park

  • 2830 Wade Rd
  • Durham, NC 27705
  • (919) 560-4355
  • W Central Durham, including Duke

Includes Frisbee golf, basketball courts, 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