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Durham Nature Forays

A couple on a rock in the Eno River. One person gives the other a hand stepping up onto the rock from the water. Lush trees.

Natural Tranquility Abounds in Durham

Durham is replete with natural beauty. Nature aficionados will enjoy bird-watching, hiking trails, and scenic river views, while history buffs will revel in the past with historic buildings and tobacco farmland.

Eno River State Park

6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham, NC 27705 | 919-383-1686 | www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/enri/main.php

The Eno River State Park is Durham’s largest park with 3,900 acres of secluded wilderness along the banks of the Eno River in Durham and Orange Counties. Visitors enjoy picnicking under shelters, bird watching, canoeing, rafting, fishing, and hiking. (Allow one to two hours.)

Little River Regional Park & Nature Trail

301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont, NC 27572 | 919-732-5505 | www.enoriver.org/what-weprotect/little-river-regional-park/

History lovers swoon when they realize they’re standing at the intersection of history and nature at Little River Regional Park & Nature Trail. This 391-acre park and natural area was developed from tobacco farmland. Historic barns, houses, and sheds now serve as picnic shelters, information centers, and landmarks accompanying the more than 15 miles of walking, hiking, mountain-biking, and horseback-riding trails. There is also a playground for children and wildlife, bird watching, picnicking, and rockhounding. Hours vary. (Allow one to two hours.)

Penny’s Bend

3706 Snow Hill Rd Durham NC 27712 | www.enoriver.org/what-we-protect/parks/pennys-bend/

Visitors don’t need to flip for heads or tails to decide whether or not to visit Penny’s Bend. Hikers are pleased to discover unusual wildflowers and unique molten rock formations on the 84-acre peninsula formed by the Eno River. Open dawn to dusk. (Allow one to two hours.)

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Visitor Information Center

Find helpful information on the great things to see and do in Durham by speaking with a friendly information specialist in person at the Visitor Information Center:

212 W Main St #101, Downtown Durham

(919) 687-0288 or (800) 446-8604


Official Durham website for visitors and newcomers. Features searchable event calendar, maps, things to see and do, places to stay and eat, and more.