Explore the most popular trail running 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.

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

walking
2 days ago

I really like this trail. I just wrote all about it at http://girlwalkingnc.blogspot.com/2018/09/duke-wall-aka-duke-loop.html

Park area has a soccer field, basketball, small paced going south and restrooms so its family friendly south of the trail. but that isnt yhe teaul itself which is all grass, mud, water and blocked off sections. I wouldn't recommend or come back to this trail again for hiking more outdoor locations.

If you're a family you can plan to come here for kid friendly ko actions but it isnt a hike trail worth coming to. Maybe if its updated with actual trails then I'd consider it next time.

I dont often write bad reviews on trails ever but this is a first, not much to see and move along.

18 days ago

The trail is butterfly shaped. The left wing was not available at New Hope Creek. Bill Watson’s description below is still accurate. Going east to west, the trail is blocked by a big rock at NHC near the intersection with Rhodo Trail.

Don’t be fooled. The cover photo is from grindstone over by pilot mountain not from this trail. Is there a way to report this and the person who posted? World has enough misinformation without it infecting our all trails.

21 days ago

Nice area to walk!

hiking
28 days ago

Good workout trail! It’s well maintained and it was moderately trafficked by people (and dogs on a leash) Go early (park opens at 7:00am) the parking lot will fill after 9:00am...

It's a nice little trail with a surprisingly high "mountain" compared to the area around it. It isn't really challenging and doesn't have the best views but it's definitely a fun trail that is pretty hidden in Durham/Chapel Hill. The best part for me is being right next to New Hope Creek which can be really relaxing and beautiful at times. Be warned of lots of roots/rocks and one small river crossing, which there is a few logs to climb over.

Mainly flat with slight grades. Can cover good miles if you have the time. Great place to cycle, run, walk, roller blade, or really any other non motorized way to get around. Nice connection to downtown Durham. Partly paved and hard packed gravel. Very nice, and fun.

hiking
1 month 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

one of my most favorite secluded hikes.

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
1 month 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

It’s was very fun and pretty easy, Nice for an afternoon hike... went with some children who enjoyed it a lot as well

trail running
2 months 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.

walking
2 months ago

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
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months ago

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

trail running
2 months 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

Easy lightly trafficked forest loop

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..

trail running
3 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!

hiking
3 months ago

Did this one right after the longer one it shares a trailhead with. Goes under a (rather loud) overpass which is kind of cool but annoyed my dog.

In one area the trail was very thin and had a steep dropoff into the river, so may not be best for huge dogs or people with bad balance.

Very nice, easy trail. Pretty forest and river, I'm sure I'll be back again.

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