Explore the best trails near Durham with detailed reviews, photos, trail maps, and driving directions curated by hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.




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nice trial. especially down by the Eno river.

road biking
8 days ago

I am fortunate to live near the entrance to the American Tobacco Trail that is at the 7 mile marker so it is about a 15-mile round trip whether I go north to downtown Durham or south into Chatham county.

The northern section of the trail from downtown to the I-40 bridge is more urban and has roughly 10-11 street crossings which makes for unwanted stops for cyclists.

The southern section from the I-40 bridge at SouthPointe mall to New Hope Church Rd in Morrisville/Chatham is more woodsy. It's a great ride with about 4-5 crossings and at least three areas with water/restroom facilities.

Beautiful, moderate walk with river views and quiet canopies.

I was looking forward to this trail but went on a Thursday in October and tail closed.

Nice moderate hike. Easy to get too.

1 month ago

This is a great area to stretch your legs for an afternoon. Easy to locate, non intensive, and beautifully situated.

I'm happy to report my family and I explored this trail today. They did amazing! We had such a good time and it was beautiful! My husband and I had our three youngest children with us ages 4, 6 and 9. I thought it was going to be a little challenging for them but they didn't complain once. We are already making plans to come back and go camping.

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail running loop. The hills are awesome for running intervals!!

Great hike. I love the large swimming hole.

At the split, go left to go down to the river follow along the river and then back up the loop along the low ridge. Grave site is near the end. I take my doggy swimming when we get down to the river. Perfect for a 45 min walk in the woods.

Nice moderate hike. Great scenery!

3 months ago

Love this trail it's a great and beautiful hike around the eno!

3 months ago

Very nice and easy hike! Great views especially once you start walking along the river. Lots of turtles!

3 months ago

Easy, wide gravel trail in Duke Forest. Would be good for trail running and mountain biking too

Great, well marked trail. A little muddy, but the trail crosses several streams. The quarry seems to be a nice swimming hole!

Enjoyed the steep climb and water along parts of the trail. Great for a day trip! There is also camping close to the trail.