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We have only completed a relatively small urban section of the trail at its northern end. In addition to getting some exercise, we also enjoyed exploring the restored American Tobacco Historic District before ending with a nice meal and a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Not a bad way to spend a few hours!
A nice three mile loop around the Duke golf course. It is mostly wooded with a few small hills. It's a very popular trail among the campus community for getting some exercise outside. There are two parking areas off Cameron Boulevard. The larger lot is just east of the Washington Duke Inn and across the road from the athletic fields.
I have been to the gardens several times in the past, but it had been many years since my last visit. I am absolutely amazed at how much it has expanded since then. In addition to the historic garden, there is a native plants garden, a gorgeous Asiatic arboretum and a discovery garden and center. Each section is quite large, with many areas to explore. My younger daughter had fun getting close to the many types of colorful ducks and geese congregating on the Fish Pond. We will definitely be back in the spring prepared to spend more time when most of it is in bloom!
The Eno Quarry Trail is a relatively easy and popular hike. There are some minor elevation changes as you travel through the woods. The short trip around the water-filled quarry is pretty, even on a winter day. You cross a small scenic stream as you enter the loop. The stream passes the quarry before it empties into the nearby Eno River. There is a nice access point to the river if you follow the Laurel Bluffs Trail for a short distance past the quarry.