In addition to all its spectator sports, the Bull City also offers ten golf courses, numerous hiking , biking , and walking trails, and water activities at a variety of locations. Whether you want to check out the champions from the stands or get in the game yourself, sports and recreation opportunities abound in Durham.
When it comes to hiking and running trails, Durham is rich with a variety of options. Eno River State Park and Little River Regional Park & Natural Area feature hiking and biking trails along winding rivers and hills. West Point on the Eno City Park includes a historic mill and farmhouse surrounded by trails with beautiful views of the Eno River. There are also urban pathways lined with nature preserves, trails through protected forests, and more. Search the listings below to find the perfect setting for an active day outdoors.
Eno River State Park—like its namesake—flows near urban areas of Durham and Orange counties with five scattered access areas, each just minutes from town amenities. The Eno River's waters roll past mature forests, historic mill and home sites and river bluffs covered with flowering shrubs and across fords used by early settlers. The park offers nearly 30 miles of trails along a swift, shallow stream that's popular with anglers, photographers and sightseers. Backcountry camping at individual sites and group campsites is available but all equipment must be carried in. Canoeing and kayaking are permitted but sometimes difficult due to shallow water.
With 391 acres of park and natural area developed from tobacco farmland, the Little River Regional Park & Natural Area offers ample opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Durham County. There are seven miles of hiking trails, seven miles of mountain biking trails, and a birding trail taking you through hardwood forest and around the flowing waters.
There is also a group campground, as well as picnic shelters, an open-play meadow, and a playground. In addition, there are restored buildings from the farms and mills once active on the site, and the park regularly offers educational programming on a variety of topics.
Combining natural beauty and history, West Point on the Eno is free park along the Eno River spanning 404 acres with three historic buildings. A rebuilt grist mill on the site of what was once the largest mill on the river operates once again after the original closed in 1942, and its products are sold on site. The restored house of the one-time mill owners is also available to tour, and the old tobacco packhouse is now home to the Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography.
More than three miles of gravel jogging and walking trails around the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Course. Named for Al Buehler, former Duke track coach and six-time ACC Champion.
12 miles of trails from Downtown Durham to NC Hwy 54, then from Massey Chapel Rd to Durham/Chatham County line. Bicycling, hiking, walking, and running.
Community-based fitness center that features cardiovascular and strength training equipment, group fitness classes, and personal trainers. Members and their guests only, with memberships available.
Printed guide for a self-guided, two-to-four-mile walking tour of Durham's historic downtown area, available at the Durham Visitor Information Center, 101 E Morgan St, Downtown.
7,060-acre teaching and research forest of Duke University with a variety of ecosystems represented. Preserved for research and recreation since the 1930s. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, and picnics permitted; see website for regulations and closures during hunting season.
Programs are founded on the principle that participants learn more effectively if they are actively engaged in the process. We can work with your group to develop a plan for adding adventure learning to your environment. Activities can include mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, camping trips, outdoor skills classes, and other team building activities.
Ellerbe Creek is one of several watershed that cross Durham. From its headwater at Cole Mill Road until it empties into Falls Lake, it is being restored by the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association including several urban nature preserves with hiking trails and wetlands. It passes through or by many of Durham's visitor features including Bennett Place State Historic Site, Croasdale and Hillandale Golf Courses, Duke Homestead, the Ninth Street District and Duke East Campus and the Museum of Life and Science. Pearl Mill Preserve can be accessed just west of Markham and Rand Street. 17-Acre Wood Preserve can be accessed at Albany Street just south of Indian Trail. Glennstone Preserve can be accessed at off Glennstone Drive off Glenn Road (turn right on Glennstone Drive off Glen Road and park at the pagoda next to the Stormwater detention pond and look for the kiosk where there are trail maps).
A 34-mile nature trail, the area's longest, that stretches from NC Highway 98, at the Little Lick Creek crossing along Falls Lake, and east into Wake County. Part of the North Carolina Mountains to Sea Trail.
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 historic Stagville Plantation. Horton Grove Nature Preserve features eight miles of trails, providing a wonderful resource for walking, running, and reflection. These trails wind through meadows and mature forests, including upland oak-hickory forests, beech slopes, and several stands of mixed pine and hardwoods. The trails are named in honor of the families that long cared for the land before and after the site was a plantation. Horton Grove also protects water quality in five miles of streams that flow into Raleigh's drinking water supply, Falls Lake Reservoir.
2.5-mile hiking and jogging trail with easy access from five lodging properties.
Recreational area offering bank fishing, motor and rowboat rentals. Fee charged for boating and fishing. Privately-owned boats not permitted.
2.2-mile trail through the New Hope Creek flood plain with hiking and walking. Begins near Githens Middle School in Southwest Durham.
3.5-mile trail from the Eno River through Downtown Durham ideal for hiking and running.
Uncover unusual wildflowers and unique rock formations on this 84-acre peninsula formed by the Eno River. Includes hiking trail; occasional guided tours by the NC Botanical Garden.
Hiking, jogging, and biking trails between Rock Quarry and Northgate Park.
Nearly 15 miles of walking and bicycle paths through Research Triangle Park.
Become familiar with the 100 species of trees native to the Eno River valley on a leisurely study-walk guided by Durham native and naturalist Riverdave. Call or visit website for more details, location, and dates.