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I lost the trail at several points and had to scramble over some boulders. Definitely not appropriate for an amateur like me!

Great trail for trail running, wide dirt/crushed gravel path around Duke Golf Course, connects with Sally Meyerhoff Fitness trail for an extra mile and various workout stations. Nicely shaded, separates you from the hustle and bustle of Durham and the University. Also good for nature trips as part of the Swampland exhibits as well as mountain biking. Can get crowded at certain times of day and on the weekends.

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.

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27 days ago

Started at the Few's Ford Parking lot and took the lower side of the Buckquarter Creek trail past the Holden Mill bridge and took a left on the Ridge trail. Rivers were up so crossing Buckquarter Creek over the rocks was fun. From there I passed the Buckquarter Creek Campgrounds and took a right on the Shakori Trail, marked by a yellow upside down horseshoe blaze. This is a wooded loop good for trail running if you are adept at taking on roots, rocks and washouts, but suspect it's easier when dry. The highlight for me was the creek crossing, and the rest of the trail was a pretty good workout with some elevation gain. Took a left when back on the Buckquarter Creek trail and took the high side back to the parking lot. Good day for a morning hike, quite a crowd playing at Few's Ford. Enjoyed the 4 miler.

1 month ago