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

Took my two pups with me and the people were VERY rude. Not a bad place to go when not busy but definitely don’t see myself going again. I have two lab mixes and it was their first time and honestly can’t imagine taking them to such a hostile environment again!

Basically a nice 4 mile loop on gravel fire roads in lush and quiet Duke Forest. Some nice gradual ups and downs to a concrete bridge and another to a wooden bridge, and connected by a short stint on Whitfield Road between Wisteria and Sunrise at the fire station. I saw 5 skinks along the route, 1 blue-lined, 3 gray and 1 giant red skink - May must be the time they come out. Great place for a morning stroll, trail run or walking your dog. Not my idea of a real hike, but good place to get away. Good parking along Whitfield road on either end of the Whitfield Road segment; if one is crowded, try the other one.

9 days ago

A recent relocation and upgrade has helped turn this good trail into a great one. Gone are the super-steep climbs and descent from the peak of Cox mountain, replaced now with more gradual and less worn new trail. My guess is the relo has added about .3 miles to the original, but it is all great trail.
Highly recommended!

really overgrown

I can only comment on the trailhead on White Oak Church Road down to the south end in JordanLake Game lands. I rode my bike down and back by myself and felt comfortable. Nice ride, as others have stated, bring your own water. There’s no way I would ride north on the trail by myself into Durham.

Nice moderate walk with nice creek views and a bluff

it is perfekt to go with dog and without dog.

trail running
1 month ago

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

Best trail I’ve done in the triangle so far. The rock scrambles were a nice surprise and the overall walk was great.

1 month ago

Highly recommend. Beautiful, very clean and well shaded.

1 month ago

Nice trail. Turtles on logs in river. Mileage does not include fanny ford extension shown on red trail map.
Easy to leave off with short connector trail. Quite a bit up and down. Rough terrain. Suggest older hiker like me (73) use sticks and good hiking boots.

trail running
1 month ago

Loved it! This really felt more like a playground than a trail. I had loads of fun scrambling along the rocks on the bank, running up the hill near the entrance multiple times bc I missed the very obvious turn off to where I parked, and finding different ways to land in the stream (note: I highly recommended using the cheater stick that someone kindly left by the tree crossing...especially helpful if your legs get shakey on the return trip). I lost my way multiple times though each was totally worthwhile. It’s all well marked, so if I’d been paying attention rather than playing, there wouldn’t have been any reason to double back or run in circles.

Very pretty easy hike! Particularly loved the portion by the river. It follows a beautiful section of the Eno river with pretty rocks here and there.

Easy and beautiful

Great Views by the river. A detour so it’s a little different then the map.

little to no parking

2 months ago

well groomed trail, great views of the Eno

Fun hike

Nice hike up and down a bigger hill. Little walk along the river on the other side and back.

Great hike, lots of time by the river. Moderate traffic.

Pleasant, easy trail. Not busy at all on a weekday morning. About half is walking along water which is very nice. Saw a big heron and turtle during our journey. Great low key hike.

great hike with some nice rocks and falls to see! water level too high today to comfortably cross anywhere but the actual bridge (which was itself underwater)

3 months ago

Dogs are not allowed from 10am-5pm

This trail runs from downtown Durham through the Getto. The drug dealers, the drunk people peeing on the sides of the path to the gang of thugs We had to turn back. Please google this trail before starting it. I think that t was a good idea when it was planned but not anymore. Truly take a big dog or a gun do not hike this trail alone Or better yet not at all!

Great moderate to hard hike that is easy to fit into a slow Saturday. Over half the trail meanders with the creek and it can get very rocky at times.

If you are bringing a dog make sure they are very well trained on the leash. There are plenty of great spots along the creek to climb around.

4 months ago

Great year round hiking spot, can be a little too busy during peak hours in the warmer months.

I enjoyed it very much. It inclines, declines, woods, trees, the Eno River, maybe other bodies of running water, ice, snow, sun, shade, a bridge or two, and more.

4 months ago

Beautiful easy walk!

4 months ago

Loved this hike. Good spot halfway for my dog to swim in the river. Very few people in January once you leave the entrance/exit areas.

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