Duke Forest accommodates hiking, cycling and horseback riding trails. (Courtesy Nature Graphics/Shutterstock.com)
Owned and managed by Duke University since 1931 for teaching and research purposes, Duke Forest consists of more than 7,000 acres of forested land covering parts of Durham, Orange and Alamance counties. The forest's mission is to facilitate research concerning forested and aquatic ecosystems and to aid in the instruction of students.
In addition to serving as an outdoor recreation destination for Triangle residents, Duke Forest also provides education and outreach through tours and volunteer events.
Near the trail, Duke Forest neighborhood residents literally live in the woods while being close to all the amenities and opportunities that nearby Duke University provides. Contemporary and ranch-style homes dot the community’s winding, tree-canopied roads, adjacent to the Duke University Golf Course and three-mile, cross-country running trail.