Great hilly, shaded, dirt trail perfect for a run. Roughly 3 miles long if you don't include the small exercise loop. Parts get swampy after a good rain. Lots of people most of the year, feels very safe.
May 20, 2019
Al Buehler Cross Country Trail is a 3 mile loop around Washington Duke Golf Course for walking and jogging. The trail is on the west campus of Duke University and technically is not in Duke Forest, but it is maintained by the office of Duke Forest. The trail is used by the Duke cross-country team for training, but it's open to the public and very popular, so the parking lot can fill up on weekends. Much of the trail runs around the golf course, but the western end runs through a wetland area undergoing restoration. A spur trail near the retention pond leads to the fitness loop to add another mile. Overall, a nice multi-use trail for Duke and the surrounding community.
Apr 10, 2019
This is my fave trail in the region for a run. It isn't 3 miles but if you're a beginner runner like myself and run slowly interspersed with some walking this is a solid 30-40 minute workout. And it's a nice thoughtless loop!
If you're hankering for full forest immersion though this isn't the place. You're either framed by a golf course or a highway.
But if you're a woman running solo this feels nice and safe!!!
Moderate hills so gets soggy easily but not too soggy ever!
Feb 13, 2019
This is a very nice trail to walk/ hike it runs between highway 501/15 and the Duke Golf course. It is a sandy path that dogs like to walk on, cause it is easy on their paws. Not like gravel. It has some slight hills and a bridge, but what makes it nice is the views you get of the golf course. Bikes are allowed, so watch your back if it’s busy.