Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
19 hours ago

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.

great interpretive trail in Duke Forest

Great trail. Definitely need good hiking shoes as there is an abundance of rocks and roots along the trail. One water crossing needed to complete the trail and a short section of rocks to climb over along New Hope Creek

trail running
3 days ago

This was my third time. The trail is a bit confusing & you may take a few scenic routes because it is actually parts of trails that are connected. That said, there is tons of wild life! Today we ran into three different kinds of snakes both on the trail & in the water. One of them was a copperhead-we’re still alive! We also saw different colored butterflies; crazy shrooms; & salamanders. The abundantly mossy path lets you know it is sparsely traveled. About halfway through, there are some rocks you can skip and sit in the middle of the creek to stretch and soak the sun. It may only be a handful of rocks to climb over, but for a trail run, it’s the right amount of adventure. The steep gravel road on concrete bridge road is challenging if you’re trying to run. Once you’re over it- your thighs will feel like the most powerful thighs.

under construction couldn’t go

Not maintained- frequently under water, stepping stones about 50% of the time, and several fallen trees locking the path. Soooo many spider webs

trail running
1 month ago

Great trail. Went out around dusk and saw three Copperheads within ten minutes. Two and four-legged friends use caution as the sun goes down.

Easy 3 mike loop.
You’ll see dogs and families on this trail. Mostly flat with one maybe two inclines. No trash cans along the way, be prepared to pick up after your dog with strong odor trapping bags until the end of the trail when you come across a bin.

It’s a beautiful little trail with lots of shade.

walking
1 month ago

The garden is beautiful and there’s always something new to discover! Check it out!

walking
1 month ago

Have only briefly walked on this trail, but followed advice from neighbors and friends to not walk trail alone. Heading north into Downtown Durham can get rough on the path.

Perfect easy hike,

Beautiful hike! Ending at the Eno Quarry was a real treat

hiking
1 month ago

I really liked this trail ... my favorite so far in the Duke Forest. Got a great view of the New Hope Creek.

road biking
1 month ago

Great Trail. No streets. Paved or good gravel. Lots of trees for shade. love it.

trail running
1 month ago

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

Fantastic trail for the area. I'd recommend hiking as much of the new hope creek trail down by the water as possible, going all the way to erwin road following the creek.

Do note, though, the .8 section of trail between concrete bridge and wooden bridge passes across an incredibly steep and rocky hill. This hill section is unmarked and I would not try it without going down on all fours and it's pretty hairy even then..

First trail I found using AllTrails - pleasantly surprised! Densely wooded narrow trail with tight-gripping plants, more developed and wider bike/running trail. 2 bridges with water paths alongside. I got bug bites! In the middle of quiet neighborhood.

I started on the Ellerbee Creek trail part off Albany Rd. A dirt trail through fairly thick and close vegetation. Heard LOTS of bird chirping and singing. You can also walk/run/bike along the wider asphalt(?) trail that runs basically parallel, but I went the explorer route.

Crossed back over Albany to the more developed Indian Trail part. This is where I saw the exercise stations. Another bridge with a dirt trail along the creek if you feel adventurous. Also a wide open grass field - frisbee/picnic/stargaze? There is a parking lot off Indian Trail Rd alongside Hillandale Golf Course.

I love Duke gardens, Battle Park, and Eno River, but this was a fun, quick, and secluded adventure!

trail running
2 months ago

Great loop! My dog loved the Eno river running along the trail so she could jump in when she got too hot. The signs and blazes make it easy to follow. Wonderful spot!

The whole thing a wide gravel road

Easy lightly trafficked forest loop

Great pocket of lush and diverse forest right in the middle of Durham

The east side can be waterlogged for days after a heavy rain

Be prepared for mosquitoes

walking
2 months ago

Lovely, beautiful gardens for an easy stroll or brisk walk. My adult son and I visited in April, impromptu.. as we were just walking around the area and walked past the gates. Glad we stopped in.

hiking
2 months ago

My son and I walked all around the Duke Gardens. It was drizzling most of the time, but it was still very beautiful. We had fun watching the turtles and frogs in the smaller pond in the south eastern part of the garden.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail but got difficult by the creek. Would have been fine but slippery due to recent rain. Dogs loved it

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful walk along the Eno river. Good hills. Nice hike.

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.

hiking
3 months 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.

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