Being outside in nature has become a saving grace for most of us over the past year. Thankfully, for residents of our apartments in downtown Durham, there are so many places nearby where you can walk, hike, fish, bike, or just relax outside. So, whether you want to get your lungs pumping or simply feel the sun and breeze on your skin, here are some fun outdoor activities just a quick drive (or walk!) from West Village.
Durham Central Park
Just a 10-minute walk from our downtown Durham apartments is Durham Central Park. With over 5 acres to explore, the sprawling park is the setting for the local farmer’s market, food trucks, weddings, concerts, movies, and more. Bring a blanket and nap in the massive, open greenspace, or take a relaxing walk while exploring the gardens on-site. There is even a ‘Garden of Eatin’’ which is a free-pick public garden where visitors can pick fresh herbs, veggies, and fruit. Learn more about the park and its features via the Durham Central Park website.
American Tobacco Trail
Running along an abandoned railroad bed, the American Tobacco Trail is 22.6 miles long and crosses through Durham, Durham County, Chatham County, and Wake County. Featuring a combination of both paved and gravel trails, this is the ideal destination for walkers, joggers, horseback riders, and bicyclists alike. Visit the website for a full trail map and entry sites.
Al Buehler Cross Country Trail
Located around the perimeter of the Washington Duke Golf Course, the Al Buehler Cross Country Trail is less than a 10-minute drive from West Village. The gravel walking and running trails feature a 3-mile loop, as well as a spur trail that leads to another mile-long fitness loop. View the trail map, see trail guidelines, and more via the website.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
There really isn’t anything more relaxing than spending time outdoors surrounded by beautiful gardens. The Sarah P. Duke Gardens is a 55-acre public botanic park on the campus of Duke University. Featuring four distinct gardens with their own particular focus, guests can explore five miles walks and pathways while taking a rest on one of the many shaded benches offered throughout. You’ll see and smell gorgeous flora from the region as well as from around the globe. Learn more about the gardens on the website.
Name your favorite outdoor activity and you can most likely do it at Duke Forest. Managed by Duke University, the 7,060-acre forest is used for research, teaching, and, of course – recreation. Stroll, run, or ride through some of the most scenic areas of Durham. You’ll find yourself taking in sights of streams, flowers, trees, and wildlife. It’s the perfect place to wander into when you just want to get away from it all. View trail maps and learn more about the forest on the Duke Forest website.
Eno River State Park
Eno River State Park boasts 28 miles of trails along a stream that is popular with nature lovers. Walk along the riverbank while you journey through the woodlands. You’ll find yourself in the heart of nature and the trails range in difficulty from easy to challenging. Make sure to make a stop at one of the most picturesque stops in the park – Bobbitt Hole Trail – where it leads you to a spot to see rushing water and hanging greenery from the bluffs. Learn more about the trails, kayaking, fishing, and more via the Eno River State Park website.
You’ll always have somewhere to hike, explore, or relax when you live at our downtown Durham apartments. Within just a short drive, you’ll feel completely removed from the hustle and bustle of the city – immersed in nature. Stop by and see the luxurious floorplans at West Village today.