Durham, NC Birding Trails and Maps

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Length
Surfaces
Type

Morris Branch Greenway

2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Abbotts Creek Trail

3.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

American Tobacco Trail

22.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Annie Jones Greenway

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Baileywick Trail

0.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Batchelor Branch Greenway

0.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Beaver Creek Greenway

2.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Black Creek Greenway

7.1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Bolin Creek Trail

2.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Camp Branch Greenway

0.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Centennial Bikeway Connector

2.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Clayton River Walk

4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Crabtree Creek Trail

15.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Deep River Rail Trail

3.5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone

Downtown Greenway

1.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail

5 mi
State: NC
Crushed Stone

Eagle Spur Rail-Trail

2.3 mi
State: NC
Dirt

Edwards Mill Connector

2.1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Ellerbee Creek Trail

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion

Endor Iron Furnace Greenway

1.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Fan Branch Trail

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Green Hope School Greenway

2.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Hare Snipe Creek Trail

3.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt

Hinshaw Greenway

1.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

House Creek Greenway Trail

2.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Indian Creek Greenway

1.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Libba Cotten Bikeway

0.38 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Little Rock Trail

1.6 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Louisburg Bike Trail

2.24 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Meadowmont Greenway

1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Mine Creek Trail

6.5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel

Mingo Creek Trail

3.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Morgan Creek Trail

0.86 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

NC-55 Street-side Trail

1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Nancy Branch Greenway

1.1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Neuse River Trail

29.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete

Northeast Community Greenway

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Northwoods Greenway

0.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Reedy Creek Trail

5 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail

5.5 mi
State: VA
Crushed Stone

Riverwalk Greenway

1.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Boardwalk

Riverwalk Trail (VA)

7.5 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Concrete

Rocky Branch Trail (NC)

3.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Sam's Branch Greenway

1.25 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Sandy Creek Trail

0.75 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Simms Branch Trail

1.66 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Snelling Branch Trail

0.85 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

South Ellerbee Creek Trail

1.4 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Southbridge Greenway

0.9 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Speight Branch Greenway

1.3 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Spring Forest Trail

0.45 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Stadium Drive Trail

1.4 mi
State: NC
Concrete

Swift Creek Greenway

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Symphony Lake Greenway

1.8 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Third Fork Creek Trail

3.5 mi
State: NC
Concrete

Tobacco Heritage Trail

22.1 mi
State: VA
Asphalt, Crushed Stone

Wakefield Trail

1.44 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Dirt

Walnut Creek Trail

18.1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt, Concrete

Warren Creek Trail

1.1 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

West Ellerbee Creek Trail

1.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

White Oak Creek Greenway

4.7 mi
State: NC
Asphalt

Yates Store Road Street-Side Trail

1.2 mi
State: NC
Asphalt
Trail Image Trail Name States Length Surface Rating
The trail starts on Green Level Church Road and then heads west past suburban homes, skirting the north side of Amberly Lake. You will cross Yates South Road via crosswalk, then continue south along...
NC 2 mi Asphalt
Abbotts Creek Trail courses along a tree-lined route beside open fields and subdivisions in a suburban community near Wake Forest, North Carolina. The trail follows Abbotts Creek and passes by North...
NC 3.3 mi Asphalt
The American Tobacco Trail extends uninterrupted from Durham more than 22 miles south through Chatham County to its southern terminus in Wake County. In 2014, a bridge for the trail over Interstate 40...
NC 22.2 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
Annie Jones Greenway provides a natural escape in the middle of the city. The trail goes through woods, and past streams for a short, though serene journey. The trail begins on SW Cary Parkway and...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt
Most of the short and sweet Baileywick Trail runs through Baileywick Park in the oakwood neighborhood of suburban Raleigh, North Carolina. The 50-acre park has two baseball diamonds, picnic shelters,...
NC 0.6 mi Asphalt
Batchelor Branch Greenway is a short stretch of trail in northeast Cary. The trail is 0.8 miles long and 10 feet wide, accommodating uses ranging from walking and running, to biking, rollerblading,...
NC 0.8 mi Asphalt
Beaver Creek Greenway offers a pleasant, paved route in the community of Apex, a western suburb of Raleigh. Much of the trail is wooded and it connects two parks, Kelly Road Park and Jaycee Park. The...
NC 2.3 mi Asphalt
At just over 7 miles, the Black Creek Greenway is one of Cary’s longest and most popular trails. The paved pathway connects several parks, schools, and shopping and dining areas. On its southern...
NC 7.1 mi Asphalt
Bolin Creek Trail is a 3-mile out and back multipurpose trail in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The paved trail begins at Community Center Park and heads west, then ducks under the Franklin St. bridge....
NC 2.2 mi Asphalt
The Buffalo Creek Greenway (also known as the Neuse Riverwalk) meanders along a wooded waterway through the heart of Smithfield in central North Carolina. It is one day hoped to become part of the...
NC 2.9 mi Asphalt
A morning jog, an evening walk or a place to take off the training wheels, this short neighborhood path provides opportunities for that and more. Located in the Stanton Place neighborhood of Cary, the...
NC 0.7 mi Asphalt
The Centennial Bikeway Connector is a shared-use path adjacent to Centennial Parkway in Raleigh. The trail, as its name suggests, links the North Carolina State University's Centennial campus to...
NC 2.3 mi Asphalt
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NC 4 mi Asphalt
The Crabtree Creek Trail, in suburban Raleigh, stretches nearly 16 miles along the Crabtree Creek corridor through forested greenways, city parks, residential areas, and among some business...
NC 15.9 mi Asphalt
The Deep River Rail-Trail follows the abandoned rail bed of the Atlantic and Yadkin Railroad, which began operations in 1897 and shut down in 1980. A segment of the trail travels through...
NC 3.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Downtown Greenway is a paved multiuse trails winding through Greensboro, North Carolina. The trail is close to 1.5 miles long, beginning on Spring Garden Street, with a landscaped buffer between...
NC 1.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Dunn-Erwin Rail-Trail traverses 5.3 miles of the Aberdeen and Rockfish (previously Durham & Southern Railway) corridor in Harnett County, North Carolina. It connects the downtown areas of Dunn and...
NC 5 mi Crushed Stone
The Eagle Spur Rail-Trail follows 2.2 miles of the former Durham-New Hill Railroad, from Stagecoach Road along New Hope Creek to Jordan Lake. When you're done exploring the Eagle Spur, cross over...
NC 2.3 mi Dirt
The Edwards Mill Connector in West Raleigh is an off-shoot of the Reedy Creek Trail. The shared use is adjacent to Edwards Mill Road, and stretches down to Chapel Hill Road. On the way, the trail...
NC 2.1 mi Asphalt
The Ellerbee Creek Trail is part of a chain of trails running across Durham, known as the North-South Greenway. This trail picks up where the Stadium Drive leaves off, on Stadium Drive next to the...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Accordion
Endor Iron Furnace Greenway runs along Big Buffalo Creek on the west side of Sanford, which sits about 40 miles southwest of Raleigh. The paved trail begins at Kiwanis Family Park, which offers a...
NC 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Fan Branch Trail is a pave hike and bike trail cutting through the Southern Village neighborhood of Chapel Hill. It's 10-feet wide and kicks off at the Southern Community Park, which features a...
NC 1.6 mi Asphalt
Green Hope School Greenway is a meandering collection of shared-use paths through Cary's Highcroft neighborhood. While the trail provides space for locals to get outside for fitness or fun, it also...
NC 2.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Hare Snipe Trail provides access to Lake Lynn; its northern terminus follows Hare Snipe Creek from Ray Road to Wooten Meadow Park. From here the trail makes a loop around Lake Lynn, with a...
NC 3.7 mi Asphalt, Dirt
Hinshaw Greenway is a 1.7 mile north-south recreational trail in Cary, NC. The trail runs riparian forest, and acts as a conduit for children to travel safely between the play areas within MacDonald’s...
NC 1.7 mi Asphalt
The House Creek Greenway Trail is a 2.8-mile-long paved trail that runs from Crabtree Valley Avenue near the intersection with Blue Ridge Road (near the McDonald's) until it meets the Reedy Creek...
NC 2.8 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Indian Creek Greenway is a hike-and-bike asphalt pathway that sits in the swathe cut by Indian Creek through residential Morrisville. About a third of the trail parallels Town Hall Road as a dedicated...
NC 1.8 mi Asphalt
The short Libba Cotton Bikeway is built along an active rail spur right-of-way: the Norfolk and Southern Railroad. The bikeway connects Carrboro's central business district to just west of the UNC...
NC 0.38 mi Asphalt
Beginning at E. Martin Street, the Little Rock Trail heads south through Chavis Park, running parallel with Chavis Way. The park features rock outcroppings, swimming pool, baseball diamond, shelters...
NC 1.6 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The 2.2-mile, paved Louisburg Bike Trail runs from S. Main Street to Vance-Granville Community College (VGCC). At the Main St. end, you'll find the trail at Depot Street Hill, just south of the Tar...
NC 2.24 mi Asphalt
Trail users can always count on the Meadowmont Trail for a pleasant, scenic amble that takes you up grassy hills, through leafy woodlands and across stately neighborhoods with pretty gardens. The...
NC 1 mi Asphalt
The Mine Creek Trail consists of five distinct segments: Bent Creek (paved), Inman Connector (unpaved), Ironwood (paved), Lake Park (unpaved), Sawmill (unpaved) and Shelley Lake (paved). The segments...
NC 6.5 mi Asphalt, Dirt, Gravel
Opened in August, 2014, the Mingo Creek Trail connects the town of Knightdale from Mingo Creek Park to the Neuse River Trail, just north of Anderson Point Park in Raleigh. Along its 3.4-mile paved...
NC 3.4 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The Morgan Creek Trail is named after the nearby stream and is a well-used asphalt and boardwalk trail in the town of Chapel Hill. The trail gives residents a safe connection to Merritt's Pasture, an...
NC 0.86 mi Asphalt
As its name suggests, this well-maintained trail does sit on the side of NC-55, but that's not the whole story. The trail is a space for fitness and recreation, pleasantly landscaped, and paved so...
NC 1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
Walk, run or roll; the Nancy Branch Greenway invites you to go at your own pace. The trail is flat and paved, making it easy enough for even the youngest members of the family to enjoy. Sandwiched...
NC 1.1 mi Asphalt
Along the eastern outskirts of Raleigh, the Neuse River Trail follows the river for nearly 30 miles from Falls Lake Dam to the Wake/Johnston County line. There are several river crossings along the...
NC 29.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk, Concrete
The Northeast Community Greenway is 1.2 miles of paved hiking and biking pathway. The trail is a safe place that Greensboro residents can get outside and into nature. On a given day, you will be in...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt
Go by yourself, with a friend, or with man's best friend - just get out onto one of Cary's paved greenway trails. The Northwoods Greenway is a good option - it's just under a mile long, but it travels...
NC 0.9 mi Asphalt
The Reedy Creek Trail links William B. Umstead State Park to Meredith College. Beginning at the edge of Umstead State Park, the trail passes among some of the area's feature attractions, including the...
NC 5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Richmond and Danville Rail-Trail follows part of the right-of-way of the old railroad of the same name, an important transportation corridor for the Confederacy during the Civil War. The railroad...
VA 5.5 mi Crushed Stone
The Riverwalk Greenway is a 2-mile trail in Hillsborough, North Carolina.  The shared use trail begins at Gold Park and heads east, staying close to the river for most of its length, before concluding...
NC 1.8 mi Asphalt, Boardwalk
The 7.5-mile, paved Riverwalk Trail is part of Danville's expanding network of trails. This scenic pathway along the Dan River connects industry, beautiful parks and natural areas. It travels through...
VA 7.5 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The Rocky Branch Trail offers beautiful views of the Raleigh city skyline, while also passing through the length of the North Carolina State University campus. It also links to Pullen Park, which has...
NC 3.4 mi Asphalt
Sam's Branch Greenway is a short, but scenic trail in the town of Clayton, just south of Raleigh. At the Neuse River, it connects to the Clayton River Walk, which in turn connects to the Neuse River...
NC 1.25 mi Asphalt
The Sandy Creek Trail cuts a leafy course through Sandy Creek Park, stretching between the park entrance and Pickett Road. It is asphalt-paved, relatively flat and suitable for a variety of uses,...
NC 0.75 mi Asphalt
The Simms Branch Trail boasts several areas of large loblolly pine and connects Falls River to Durant Park. Watch for wildlife, including plenty of deer and maybe some beaver. You'll find a small...
NC 1.66 mi Asphalt
The Snelling Branch Trail is just under 1 mile and links Shelley Lake with Optimist Park. The Snelling Branch Trail, which runs east and west, joins Mine Creek Trail north of Shelley Lake. The...
NC 0.85 mi Asphalt
The North-South Greenway is a complex of trails that link up to allow residents to cross the heart of the City of Durham without the need for a car. The South Ellerbee Creek picks up the southward...
NC 1.4 mi Asphalt
The Southbridge Greenway is a charming neighborhood path in the neighborhood of the same name, on the west side of Cary, North Carolina. On any given day on the trail you will find parents pushing...
NC 0.9 mi Asphalt
Speight Branch Greenway offers a paved, shaded route through a residential area of Cary, which lies on the western edges of Raleigh. The trail begins at Southeast Cary Parkway and travels north along...
NC 1.3 mi Asphalt
The Spring Forest Trail parallels Triangle Town Boulevard from Sumner Boulevard for only 0.5 mile north. Use caution at the crossing on Old Wake Forest Road.
NC 0.45 mi Asphalt
The Stadium Drive Trail is a component of Durham's North-South Greenway, a series of ped-bike trails crossing the city of Durham. The trail is an important connector; it links the Warren Creek Trail...
NC 1.4 mi Concrete
At first glance, Swift Creek Greenway fits neatly into the mold of Cary's impressive network of pathways - it's a paved, bike-ped facility along a watercourse, which connects people to parks and out...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt
Walk, bike or roll around Symphony Lake via this 10-foot wide greenway. The trail rings around the lake, providing panoramic views of the tranquil water, disturbed only by its resident waterfowl. It...
NC 1.8 mi Asphalt
The Third Fork Creek Trail offers a paved 3.5-mile route through southwestern Durham. The trail begins at Southern Boundaries Park and continues through a pleasantly wooded corridor to its end at...
NC 3.5 mi Concrete
The Tobacco Heritage Trail currently runs in a continuous, off-road 17-mile stretch between the southern Virginia communities of Lawrenceville, Brodnax and La Crosse. Along the way, trail-goers can...
VA 22.1 mi Asphalt, Crushed Stone
The Wakefield Trail follows the power line from Falls of Neuse Road south to Dunard Street, just under 1.5 miles. There is a slight jog in the trail where it meets Wakefield Plantation Drive. If...
NC 1.44 mi Asphalt, Dirt
The Walnut Creek Trails spans more than 19 miles on an east-west route through Raleigh. Only its western end, through Lake Johnson Park, is unpaved. The trail affords stunning views of Lake...
NC 18.1 mi Asphalt, Concrete
The northernmost segment of Durham's North-South Greenway, Warren Creek Trail provides a serene hiking or biking experience and access to a neighborhood park. The trail extends between Horton Road...
NC 1.1 mi Asphalt
The West Ellerbee Creek Trail winds along the stream of the same name. Beginning on Albany Drive in the Watts-Hillandale area of Durham, the paved trail travels through 17-acre Preserve, a protected...
NC 1.7 mi Asphalt
The White Oak Creek Greenway runs through Cary, a city in North Carolina’s Triangle region that also includes Raleigh and Durham. On the west end the trail connects to the American Tobacco Trail, the...
NC 4.7 mi Asphalt
The Yates Store Road Street-Side Trail in Cary is over a shared use pathway linking residents of the surrounding neighborhoods to the other trails in their town. So while the trail itself is just a...
NC 1.2 mi Asphalt

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Recent Trail Reviews

Riverwalk Trail (VA)

bridge closed

May, 2020 by kecovers

Bridge right past anglers park is washed out. Start more south than the park.

White Oak Creek Greenway

Awesome greenway

May, 2020 by rebeccaelem

Beautiful boardwalks and even a wetlands area with beavers, buzzards, and tons of turtles. Connects with the ATT.

Third Fork Creek Trail

Fun and clean!

May, 2020 by aewalter92

Enjoyed the quick down and back on this clean trail with pretty views.

Accordion

Swift Creek Greenway

Nice and Easy

May, 2020 by misrache

This is an easy trail to ride, though it is sandwiched between two inclines, so little ones will need help. Very shaded and natural.

Reedy Creek Trail

awesome trail

May, 2020 by charles.graham.800

Can’t get enough of this trail

Rocky Branch Trail (NC)

awesome trail

May, 2020 by charles.graham.800

Oh yeah babey sick trail this one

Little Rock Trail

great trail

May, 2020 by charles.graham.800

I seriously like this trail

Walnut Creek Trail

great trail.

May, 2020 by charles.graham.800

I love it :)

Crabtree Creek Trail

Very good trail there is a way to get to starting point atLindsay drive all the way to Anderson point park just have to view this map to get around the road closures lots a scenic views

May, 2020 by yaritza-cervantes

Very good trail there is a way to get to starting point atLindsay drive all the way to Anderson point park just have to view this map to get around the road closures lots a scenic views

Tobacco Heritage Trail

beautiful trail!

May, 2020 by lindsay.hannick_tl

Such a pretty trail! Highly recommend. And it was virtually people-free. On the unlaced section it was super quiet, minus the bird sounds. Very peaceful.

Bolin Creek Trail

Fun Trail

May, 2020 by mendozahousemail

Great for people trying to start biking!

Annie Jones Greenway

We started at Annie Jones park and followed the trail to Gatehouse Dr, then highland trail and picked the trail back up for a nice loop. Well maintained path with a variety of landscapes that keep it interesting.

April, 2020 by pamhillhouse

We started at Annie Jones park and followed the trail to Gatehouse Dr, then highland trail and picked the trail back up for a nice loop. Well maintained path with a variety of landscapes that keep it interesting.

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