Durham gets a lot of attention as a thriving urban environment, but its natural areas also receive national praise. Regardless of the season, Durham's outdoor beauty is always a breath of fresh air. Lofty pines, stately oaks, abundant evergreens - both in urban and rural areas - create a beautiful setting that may be hard to leave.
Experience Durham's natural beauty by hiking the scenic trails along the river at Eno River State Park, mountain biking at Little River Regional Park & Recreation Area, bird-watching at West Point on the Eno City Park, or simply enjoying the peaceful ambiance of nature.
Beat the heat by exploring one of these Durham locales that let you cool off in rivers, lakes, and science exhibits. Read More
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Includes fishing, grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, restrooms, small shelters, tennis courts, and water fountains.
With Mt. Merrill (an ADA-accessible "climbing mound"), a skate park, the Garden of Eatin', and a total of five acres, you're sure to find your refuge for fun in the heart of Downtown Durham.
Hideaway Woods is a two-acre, forested learning environment featuring tree houses, a flowing streambed, and fanciful nature sculptures. Connected by rope bridges, the tree house village encourages …
Established in 1929, this 2,450-acre forest has been managed by North Carolina State University as a teaching laboratory, where students learn to survey, measure, identify vegetation, perform water …
Includes basketball courts, grills, lights, picnic facilities, play grounds, large recreation center, restrooms, large shelters, spray ground, water fountains, and a youth baseball field.
Includes grills, picnic facilities, play grounds, small shelters, and water fountains.
Horton Grove is Triangle Land Conservancy's largest nature preserve at just over 708 acres. The preserve contains land on both sides of Jock Road in Northern Durham, which was once part of the …