Duke Cross Country Path is a hiking and biking trail in Durham, North Carolina. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 313 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 6 feet. Along the trail there are parkings, drinking waters, and a viewpoint.
Duke Cross Country Path Professional Reviews and Guides
"In the 1920s, Duke Forest was formed from farms and woods to buffer the developing campus of Duke University. Clarence F. Korstian led the establishment of the university’s School of Forestry in 1938, and today the tracts are an invaluable laboratory for students and scientists. The forest is open only from dawn to dusk. Managers ask that mountain bikers stay strictly on the area’s road-width fire trails, many built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). Bushwhacking, cross-country hiking, or geocaching are prohibited to protect research plots throughout the forest. Enter only at the designated public access points, and do not block gates with vehicles. Dogs must be on-leash. Developed picnic facilities can be rented and are the only locations where open fires are permitted. Please read and heed the forest rules that are prominently posted at all access gates."
--Randy Johnson, Hiking North Carolina (Falcon Guides).
"Explore the grounds of the Duke University campus on this mostly gravel cross-country trail that winds through the forest surrounding the Washington Duke Inn and golf course. Adjacent to the Duke Forest, this cross-country trail is a perfect choice for runners and walkers. The route follows the Al Buehler Cross Country Trail main loop and starts from the main parking lot, just off Cameron Boulevard near the junction with University Boulevard. The trail is extremely popular, and the parking lot fills easily. Another lot is farther down Cameron Boulevard to the west, just past the business school. Venture through the forest and across winding streams before heading south as the path follows alongside the US 15-501 Bypass. Throughout the trail you will get glimpses of long expanses of the golf course; you may even have the opportunity to judge golfers’ swings as you walk along the trail circling the impressive course."
--Joshua Kinser, Five-Star Trails: Raleigh & Durham (Menasha Ridge Press).
"The Duke Cross-Country Trail and Fit Loop is a popular recreational facility, and once you walk on this beautiful trail you will understand why. You will enjoy this trail almost any season of the year. In May you can enjoy the fragrance of honeysuckle; in the fall, the leaves of the hardwoods are beautiful. Even a winter walk can be lovely because Durham rarely gets snow—the average temperature in the Triangle area year-round is 70° F—but a winter walk might reward you with snow or ice-tipped pines. Special attractions: Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club, Duke Cross-Country Trail, and Fit Loop."
--Rebecca C. Mann, Walking Raleigh / Durham (Falcon Guides).
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