Durant Nature Preserve
Spread over an area of a whopping 237 acres, the Durant Nature Park largely serves as a preserve with the objective of preserving and protecting the natural resources found within the area. It also aims to provide environmental education experiences and natural resource-based recreation. Previously called Camp Durant, the preserve was first opened to the public in 1979. Located in North Raleigh, Durant Nature Preserve boasts of several resources including five miles of hiking trails, a couple of lakes, an open field for games and sports, a playground, and a sand volleyball court etc. The preserve is located in Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh, NC. There are a variety of things you can do in the park. For instance, you can opt to go fishing in the fishing dock. You can also visit the bird garden that is located directly behind the Training Lodge. The bird garden is accessible from the North Entrance. Learn about: Millbrook Exchange Park
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There is also a butterfly garden located within the premises. Out there, you can enjoy watching a variety of butterflies and learn about their lifecycle. We would also recommend you to you visit the Sensory and Nature Play Garden while in Durant Nature Preserve. The Play Garden features rare native plants, rock garden, toad houses, fort building, and has a sand feature. The presence of ponds in the garden helps provide a natural and sensory fun play experience for people of all ages. If you are interested to learn more about the native trees in the park, you can opt to stroll down the interpretive tree trail located beside the park office. We also love the fact that the park boasts of several picnic areas. There are numerous individual picnic tables located at both the North and South entrances to the park. Unfortunately, the tables don´t include grills. You should also be aware that personal grills aren´t allowed in the park. As we mentioned earlier, this park features plenty of hiking trails. If you are with a child and would like to access the easier hike, we would suggest you try the Secret Creek trail. It is an easy and short hike along the stream, close to the upper side of the park, which comes to an end at the playground. However, if you are a bird watcher, we would advise you to take the lakeside trails. If you are lucky, you will even get the chance to see the green herons hanging out on the eastern side of the lower lake.