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Family-Friendly Southern Durham

1/2 Day Itinerary

Enjoy a stroll down the American Tobacco Trail.

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.

    Old Chapel Hill Road Park

    3751 Southwest Durham Drive, Durham NC, 27770 | 919-560-4355 | https://www.dprplaymore.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Old-Chapel-Hill-Road-Park-50

    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.)

      American Tobacco Trail

      202 W. NC Highway 54, Durham, NC 27713 | 919-560-4355 | http://www.triangletrails.org

      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.)

        Cornwallis Road Park

        2830 Wade Road Durham NC 27705 | (919)560-4355 | https://www.dprplaymore.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Cornwallis-Road-Park-13

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        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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