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Duke Forest


Durham, NC 27705
Phone: (919) 613-8013
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Photo of Gustavo Bretas Gustavo Bretas
Sep 19, 2021 5

Great place to spent time with family and friends.

Photo of octavio blanco octavio blanco
Sep 5, 2021 4

Parking is by the side of the road, not a parking lot, fyi. Otherwise it was great.

Photo of Lila Rieber Lila Rieber
Aug 27, 2021 5

A very peaceful place to walk around. Not crowded.

Photo of Jasper Watson Jasper Watson
Aug 14, 2021 5

Loved or time here. Great to connect back to nature now and then đŸ§˜

Photo of Christian Rust Christian Rust
Aug 1, 2021 5

Nice park! Wasn't crowded at all on the weekend, not buggy either

Photo of JD Murgolo JD Murgolo
Jul 27, 2021 5

Great outdoor spot to hang out with friends and get out into nature.

Photo of Erick Barnett Erick Barnett
Jul 17, 2021 5

Beautiful trails that are well maintained and offer an experience for all types of people and situations. Whether you want to take a little hike with your dog or you are looking for something a little longer and more challenging Duke Forest has a trail for you. Highly recommend to anyone wanting a day hike or a quick hour hike with your pets

Photo of Ron Viles Ron Viles
May 11, 2021 5

As always the trails always have something to see when you have a watchful eye.

Photo of Ag W Ag W
Apr 19, 2021 4

Great place but people need to pick up after their dog and not leave poop or poop bags behind. Same for water bottles.

Photo of Troi Perkins Troi Perkins
Apr 23, 2021 5

This place has been my refuge for the past year. There are lots of trails through different scenery over three counties. The staff that manage the area truly care about the land and are very great to talk to. There's so much wildlife and tree diversity to be had here which is accentuated by informative signs across the different areas. Highly worth exploring!

Photo of Chuck Alley Chuck Alley
Mar 6, 2021 5

Beautiful and rich scenery birds and water. And mud, lots of mud because, well, you know, freaking endless rain.

Photo of steve s steve s
Feb 3, 2021 5

Great place to get outside and enjoy a hike or bike ride.

Photo of mignate mignate
Mar 2, 2021 5

Great spot for hiking and riding your mountain bike!

Photo of Richard Smith (RichinHville) Richard Smith (RichinHville)
Jan 8, 2021 3

I was disappointed, thought I would be able to see the monkey's but that part is Restricted. Didn't make it too far on the trails as I was bored silly, but maybe more walking would've revealed more.

Photo of Jenny Sep Jenny Sep
Oct 6, 2020 5

Very pretty, well maintained, close to Durham and well worth a visit.

Photo of Inès Nnoko Inès Nnoko
Sep 25, 2020 4

It's very long and nice walk within the forest. Beautiful ecosystem and wildlife

Photo of Russell Finton Russell Finton
Oct 7, 2020 4

Easy access to a forested sitting with trails just minutes from Duke Medical Centers where I was receiving treatment for leukemia.

Photo of GJ The Gman GJ The Gman
Aug 31, 2020 5


Photo of Vera Mashtakova Vera Mashtakova
Aug 20, 2020 5

Lots of trees cover trails. Park is well maintained.

Photo of Jaquelin M Jaquelin M
Aug 26, 2020 5

I recently moved to North Carolina & A friend of mine took me there. It's a great place to unwind, explore, or jog. Really beautiful & lively during the day, you will come across wildlife, from insects to birds, to even snakes, so be careful if you do decide to take a mini detour from the trails. However, I enjoyed every second, I hope that you will too!!

Photo of David Cronkwright David Cronkwright
Jul 19, 2020 5

What a great resource to have so close to town! Well maintained accessible pathways and great bird watching.

Photo of Jolie Phelan Jolie Phelan
Jul 4, 2020 5

Lots of trails and places to hike. Parking easily accessible. Lots of shaded cooler areas as well

Photo of Allan Voichuk Allan Voichuk
Jun 1, 2020 5

Great place for hiking. Really peaceful. I like that the trees have labels. You can be learn about the different types of trees.

Photo of Alex Martin Alex Martin
Dec 30, 2019 5

The Duke Forest is an excellent location for a leisurely walk or an exhaustive long distance run. The trails are well maintained and natural. This makes your runs much easier on the knees. There are rolling hills that'll challenge you but will train you well at the same time. There are many sections to the Duke Forest so please ensure to try them all!

Photo of Scott Watkins Scott Watkins
Dec 28, 2019 5

Great trails, clean open spaces. Working and educational Forest made available to the public. Dogs on leashes, no littering, standard rules. Most access points are dirt roads work some trails.

Photo of Bobby Roque Bobby Roque
Nov 5, 2019 5

Nice safe trails here. I take my 3 year old here all the time. There are also maps and benches throughout the forest to help you on your way

Photo of Heather Burns Heather Burns
Jul 12, 2019 5

My five star rating is for Jason and Fernando in the office, and the good work done by Stone in maintenance. I have lived in this great location for many years and have met many managers. These men are professional, kind, polite, helpful, and aware of what goes on in the community. They have been responsive and attentive . Very strong team!!

Photo of Rutger ter Maten Rutger ter Maten
Sep 25, 2019 5

The Duke Lemur Center is a one of a kind experience in the United States. It's not a zoo but a research and education center focused solely on prosimians (a type of primate). During a tour you visit a number of Lemur species held at the center, but the highlight is the walking with lemurs tour where you go into one of the forest enclosures where lemurs roam. We went here five years ago (2014) and again this year (2019) and the experience was still amazing, highly recommended!

Photo of Nintendro Nintendro
Sep 19, 2019 5

Beautiful and serene, this is definitely a place you should see whether you're local or just visiting. Make sure to walk at least one trail if you can and bring those pets if you got 'em. My cat loves it out here ^_^

Photo of Kisa Ward Kisa Ward
Sep 3, 2019 5

If you want to go somewhere in Durham that you can get into nature and not have to drive hours away well Duke Forest is it! It’s literally 15 minutes from my house and I can take my dog! Great trails and information about the forest. It was a great learning tool for my 10 year old daughter who loves nature

Photo of Dustin Hill Dustin Hill
Oct 5, 2019 5

It was so much more than I expected. Is it possible to have a life affirming experience inside a lemur first? I can now attest to the fact that it’s not only possible, it’s quite likely if you have any interest in these wonderful creatures. Private group tours are completely worth the donation amount!

Photo of Elena Elms Elena Elms
Jul 3, 2019 5

Natural setting. Lemur Center is very interesting, though you don't get to see a whole lot of them on the tour.

Photo of Sarah Paschall Sarah Paschall
Feb 9, 2019 5

Our visit to the Duke University Lemur Center was beyond what we expected. We started off watching a well-done video in the visitor center and gift shop. Then our tour guide took us throughout the lemur center, and she did a fabulous job us with the center's background, lemur and species facts, and answering any questions. This is a fabulous field trip for the lemur-lover in your family!

Photo of Juli Juli
Jun 6, 2019 5

The trails are fun. The forest makes you feel like you're not even in the city.

Photo of Susan Susan
Jun 8, 2019 5

Nice to drive through even if you do not stop to stroll. Good for the sense of well being.

Photo of Sue Powers Sue Powers
Mar 2, 2019 4

Trails are in great condition. Even with all the rain we have been receiving, the drainage is excellent. We were on trail 11/12, which is just about 3 miles out and back. Hills are challenging but not bad. We met less than a dozen other people on the trail. Can't wait to try other sections of trail.

Photo of Michael Fogle Michael Fogle
Jun 1, 2019 5

Great place for a walk, especially with both 2-legged and 4-legged friends. Trails are mulch covered or gravel covered and typically shaded. Great place for running and casual mountain-biking.

Photo of Nat Lambeth Nat Lambeth
Jun 26, 2022 5

Marvin you are misinformed. Duke University and Duke Power are seperate identities. Duke Forest is an educational endowment to Duke University. It is used for conservation education. Enjoy it for what it is a beautiful place for all to enjoy and learn from.

Photo of DJ Williams DJ Williams
Aug 19, 2022 4

Extremely dense yet organically beautiful and wrll maintained.