Explore the most popular trails in Duke Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
11 days ago

Great little trail for a hot day in the summer. There was no water in the stream as it hasn’t rained for a little while. Parking where the app tells you to do is just fine

Gravel road in Duke Forest from Gate 10 to Gate 13. Trail is better for a good workout, trail running or mountain biking. Combine with Couch Mountain Trail from Gate 11, and Couch Mountain Trail to create a 3.7 mile loop.

hiking
18 days ago

Gravel road in Duke Forest to a turnaround at the top of Couch Mountain, no views. Trail is better for a good workout, trail running or mountain biking. Combine with Couch Mountain Trail from Gate 11, and Gate 10 to 13 to create a 3.7 mile loop. This section has a cool uphill or downhill along the power lines.

hiking
23 days ago

https://dukeforest.duke.edu/recreation/snt/ will show you the actual .8 mile Shepherd Nature Trail. Pretty nice little loop.

There is some confusion with access and trail name it seems. This trail can be easily accessed from Hwy 751 with parking along the road (no need to park in the apt complex). Also, I think the interpretive single track Shephard Nature trail loop is just a short .25-.5 mile loop on the north side of the larger 2.4 mile gravel road loop that is listed here.

hiking
4 months ago

Well keep short part with no shade, would do again

I had a hard time finding this, but if you drive in the apartment complex and go to apt #800 and park there, you'll see a blue sign in the woods. Walk that to the right all the way to Shepherds Nature Trail. You COULD park at Hollow Rock Park and cross the street, walk that path till you come to a fork and take the left to go up to the trail. I checked with the office and it was fine to park as long as you don't park in a reserved parking spot. The trail was very nice with lots of information which would be great for kids and people that love local history. The only muddy part is walking up the apartment complex into the woods.

Loved this trail! Hard to find because it’s hidden behind an apartment complex but if you can find it, it’s great!

hiking
Friday, August 17, 2018

great but short interpretive trail in duke forest. simple, but educational and a good look at the scope of the Piedmont. it seems some posters have missed the trail completely and only walked on the fire road. that's too bad.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Perfect easy hike,

running
Monday, July 02, 2018

I love this trail because it's short, it's a loop, and it's usually pretty quiet. I love taking my dogs here and I like to read the labels on the trees

hiking
Friday, June 08, 2018

The whole thing a wide gravel road

running
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Great run. Some right turns and roots that’ll test concentration. Duke Forrest never disappoints.

Friday, October 13, 2017

No good water features. 1 tiny creek. Pretty isolated except for a few spots where homes have backyards backing up to the trail.

running
Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I did not like how it took you through a random apartment complex and crossed streets. Other than that, the actual trail parts were nice.

hiking
Saturday, June 10, 2017

Shepherd Nature trail is a fairly new short 0.8 mile trail in Duke Forest. They have added nature facts signage recently. Good for a nature trip, can be combined with other fire road trails to increase the distance.

hiking
Sunday, January 15, 2017

Clean and quiet

hiking
Monday, January 02, 2017

We had an easy, relaxing and fun family hike here on a nice summer day last July. One of many options in the large Duke Forest.

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

wide open

running
Friday, September 25, 2015

It was a great to run in this trail!

hiking
Friday, July 12, 2013

This is a very nice trail, and allows dogs on leashes.

hiking
Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Korstian division is probably the largest tract -- it offers many options of varying length and difficulty. The walks along New Hope Creek are great from November to May, otherwise may want to stick to the popular trails unless you don't mind chiggers. There's a nice ascent up Piney Mtn which can be reached most quickly from Mt Sinai or Irwin Rd trailheads.

hiking
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Fine for a local Hike......watch for dogs off Leashes. Do everyother week.

hiking
Tuesday, August 30, 2011

There are thousands of acres of Duke Forest in half a dozen different tracts. They all have trails. My favorites are just off Whitfield Road in the Korstian Division. Trails are well maintained; none have much elevation gain or loss.

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