Family-Friendly Southern Durham

1/2 Day Itinerary

There’s something for everyone in family-friendly Southern Durham. From paved trails for strollers to modern playgrounds for modern toddlers, families will rest easy, knowing their children are having outdoor fun.

  • From Downtown Durham take N. Mangum St. heading south to University Dr. Turn right onto University Dr. Make a slight right onto Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Continue straight on Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. for 4 miles. Turn left onto Southwest Durham Dr. Park entrance in on the left. (20 min.)

Old Chapel Hill Road Park

3751 Southwest Durham Drive, Durham NC, 27770 | 919-560-4355 |

Old Chapel Hill Road Park is a park that suites everyone’s tastes, featuring an athletic field, basketball courts, a playground area, and greenway access to the New Hope Creek Bottomlands loop trail. The trail is a 2.2-mile natural surface loop through beautiful bottomland hardwood forest between New Hope Creek and Sherwood Githens Middle School. Open dawn to dusk. (Allow one to two hours.)

  • Take a left onto SW Durham Drive towards Old Chapel Hill Rd. Turn left onto Old Chapel Hill Rd. Turn right onto Garrett Rd. and go two miles. Turn left onto Highway NC 54 E. Destination will be on the left. (10 min.)

American Tobacco Trail

202 W. NC Highway 54, Durham, NC 27713 | 919-560-4355 |

The American Tobacco Trail is perhaps the most well-known greenway in Durham. Connecting Downtown Durham to southern Durham, this 12-mile paved walking and biking trail is perfect for an afternoon stroll, or a more intense run. Parking for the American Tobacco Trail is available via a gravel lot adjacent to the South Point Crossings shopping center, located at the intersection of Fayetteville St. and NC 54. The lot provides a direct entrance to the trail, as well as a large over view map of the trail. (Allow two hours.)

  • Take a left onto Fayetteville St. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy. Turn right onto Hope Valley Rd. Turn left onto University Dr. Turn right onto Academy Rd. Turn left onto Pickett Rd. Take the second right onto Wade Rd. Cornwallis Road Park is ahead on the left. (15min.)

Cornwallis Road Park

2830 Wade Road Durham NC 27705 | (919)560-4355 |

A local city park that includes a fit trail (walking trail plus exercise stations), traditional playground structures, climbing walls and webs, basketball court, picnic area, and a heavily wooded 18-hole disc golf course built amongst rolling piedmont NC hills. (Allow two hours.)

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