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Durham, NC Hiking & Running Trails

When it comes to hiking and running trails, Durham is rich with a variety of options. Eno River State Park and Little River Regional Park & Natural Area feature hiking and biking trails along winding rivers and hills. West Point on the Eno City Park includes a historic mill and farmhouse surrounded by trails with beautiful views of the Eno River. There are also urban pathways lined with nature preserves, trails through protected forests, and more. Search the listings below to find the perfect setting for an active day outdoors.

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Little River Regional Park & Natural Area

  • Park entrance is off Guess Rd, 1 mile north of the Durham/Orange County line
  • 301 Little River Park Way
  • Rougemont, NC 27572
  • (919) 732-5505
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

With 391 acres of park and natural area developed from tobacco farmland, the Little River Regional Park & Natural Area offers ample opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Durham County. There …

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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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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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Imperial Center & Walking Trail

  • 1005 Slater Rd
  • Durham, NC 27703
  • SE Durham, including RTP & NCCU

2.5-mile hiking and jogging trail with easy access from five lodging properties.

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Jordan Lake Wetlands/State Recreation Area

  • Along NC 54 and NC 751
  • Apex, NC 27502
  • (919) 362-0586
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

Five impoundment areas ranging from 50 to 2,000 acres providing habitats for waterfowl, including ducks and Canadian geese. Bird-watching (duck-hunting, Dec-Jan).

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Lake Michie Recreation Area

  • 2303 Bahama Rd
  • Bahama, NC 27503
  • (919) 477-3906
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Picnic area/shelters, hiking trails, bird-watching, camping and rockhounding. Park access is free; fee for boating, and fishing.

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Leigh Farm Park

  • 370 Leigh Farm Rd
  • Durham, NC 27707
  • (919) 560-4355
  • SW Durham, including Southpoint

This 90-acre nature preserve is the site of a 19th century plantation which features an antebellum house and a cluster of farm buildings including a dairy, smokehouse, and slaves' quarters. Leigh …

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Little River Lake

  • Orange Factory and Old Blalock Rds
  • Durham, NC 27712
  • (919) 477-7889
  • North Durham (North of I-85)

Recreational area offering bank fishing, motor and rowboat rentals. Fee charged for boating and fishing. Privately-owned boats not permitted.

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