Shepherd Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Durham, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length0.7 miElevation gain88 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingrunningForestRiverViewsWildlife
Waypoints (0)
Weather
UV Index
Daylight
Reviews (114)
Photos (69)
Recordings (112)
Completed (229)
View user's profile page
Alex Coates
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarDecember 28, 2020
Hiking
View Alex's Recording
View user's profile page
Alex Coates
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarNovember 27, 2020
Hiking

Lovely trail natural but still somewhat maintained. Easy rolling hills along both sides of a stream. Nice educational placards.

View Alex's Recording
View user's profile page
Jingkang Zhao
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 18, 2020
Hiking
View Jingkang's Recording
View user's profile page
Shakeia Glover
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 13, 2020
Hiking

Short and relaxing

View Shakeia's Recording
View user's profile page
Kevin Walsh
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 6, 2020
Hiking
View Kevin's Recording
View user's profile page
Shawn Olender
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarApril 29, 2020
Hiking

Liked the trail but was bit by a copper head. So be alert

View user's profile page
Stephen Jannetti
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 18, 2020

a very casual trail for my first excursion in the area

View user's profile page
Nathan Rode
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 24, 2020
Hiking

Nice, easy trail. Quiet.

View Nathan's Recording
View user's profile page
Greg Merrill
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 12, 2020
Hiking

Cute little walk. Enjoyed all the signage.

View Greg's Recording
View user's profile page
Adam Lenz
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSeptember 8, 2019
Hiking

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

View Adam's Recording
View user's profile page
Ron Carr
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 27, 2019
Hiking

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

View user's profile page
Zac Davison
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 4, 2019

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.

View user's profile page
Crystal Willett
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMarch 6, 2019
Hiking

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.

View Crystal's Recording
View user's profile page
Mary Weiner
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 23, 2018

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

View user's profile page
Blake Tedder
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarAugust 17, 2018
Hiking

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.

View user's profile page
Bryan Puzzo
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 9, 2018

Perfect easy hike,

View user's profile page
Elizabeth Harvey
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 2, 2018
Running

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

View user's profile page
Christopher Lupo
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarJune 8, 2018
Hiking

The whole thing a wide gravel road

View user's profile page
Jason Alava
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarApril 22, 2018
Running

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

View user's profile page
Adam Underwood
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarOctober 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.

View user's profile page
Chrisy T
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 22, 2017
Running

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.

View user's profile page
Luie Romero
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJanuary 15, 2017
Mountain biking

Clean and quiet

View user's profile page
Scott Densmore
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 2, 2017
Hiking

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.

View user's profile page
Alan Parry
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJuly 17, 2016
Hiking

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

View user's profile page
Derrick Campbell
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarMay 17, 2016

wide open

View user's profile page
Eva Scardina-Keele
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSeptember 25, 2015
Running

It was a great to run in this trail!

View user's profile page
Graham Bullock
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJuly 12, 2013
Hiking

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

View user's profile page
Jim Suiter
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMay 30, 2012
Hiking

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.

View user's profile page
Robert Shaw
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarAugust 30, 2011
Hiking
First to Review

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.

View user's profile page
Lili Paradis
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarJanuary 20, 2021
Hiking
View Lili's Recording
Showing results 1 - 30 of 114