Durant Nature Park

3.80 out of 5
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↑ 2,200 ft
↓ 2,100 ft
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
An abandoned Boy Scout camp provides a nice escape to the woods nestled in between neighborhoods and warehouses in north Raleigh. Lots of trails for hiking, but only 1.5 miles allow bikes. Most of the MTB trail is fast, wide doubletrack, with a few sections of slightly steeper and rooty singletrack mixed in. There are a couple of nice lakes in the middle of the park and sections of the trail border both of them. Nothin fancy or technical here, but if you live nearby, its a great place to ride to on the greenway w/out having to mess with the bike rack on the car. BONUS: numerous wildlife encounters here while riding.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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System Trails (3)
System Trails (3)
Beaver Pond Trail
Border Trail
Simms Branch Trail
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Reviews (5)


May 27, 2016
Review: Combo of Double/Singletrack. Roughly 5 miles. Pretty easy with great views of the lake. Good for beginners.


September 18, 2014
Theo D Gramcounter  
Review: Mostly smooth double track with a couple mildly tricky spots for beginers to develope on. Biggest complaint is charging down a trail marked for bikes only to come upon a new sign marked "no bikes". Where did the bike trail go? Park was empty while I was in it so just pushed through, but this could be a pain for those trying to respect the signage.


August 6, 2014
zstevo Gramcounter  
Review: First time riding this trail didn't do all the paths. But overall seems a great place to ride at but there are a lot of paths and some are very short. Definitely good for beginners. Some small hills and roots in some areas. LAKE JOHNSON is rougher and tougher. Wanted to try something new.


May 10, 2013
Review: This park is a blast. There's a little something for most rides. Beginners can stay along some of the green easy trails while intermediates & even advanced riders will dig the tight & fast descents & rooty climbs. A few trails are labeled no bikes. My experience has been to heed those. The actual bike trails have been plenty of fun.


December 25, 2011
Review: This is a good trail for beginner to intermediate riders. With short loops and few difficult climbs, it makes for a good, quick ride. I prefer the Beaverdam Trail Loop. Problem is, there are very few trail markings so it can be difficult to stay off the hiking trails if you don't know the trails well.

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