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Durant Nature Preserve

Last updated Nov. 27, 2018 - 4:12 pm
Rainbow at Durant Nature Preserve
  • Year 1979 | Acres 237
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  • Durant Nature Preserve, formerly the Occoneechee Council of Boy Scouts’ Camp Durant, was purchased by the City in 1979.
  • The park was designated as a Nature Preserve in 2010 with the goal of protecting and preserving the area’s significant natural resources and providing nature-based recreation and environmental education experiences.
  • CURRENT NOTICE: Beginning in October, Durant’s lower lake will be drained for approximately four months while repairs are made to the dam. During that time, there will be no general public access to the south side of the lower lake via the dam service road. The south side can be accessed via White House Road and/or the Border Trail.
  • Lower Durant Park Lake Dam Spillway Project Page

Information

  • 919-870-2871
Park Office

Park Office

  • The office is a small brown building located on the left side of the North entrance parking lot.
  • Visit the Park Office where friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to provide trail and park information.
  • Check out one of our Discovery Backpacks to learn more about ponds, insects, birds, animal tracking, or nature art! The park office loans out both Discovery Backpacks and fishing rods free of charge. They are available to be checked out during office hours.
  • Office hours are Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Please call the office for park closing times, which vary throughout the year.
  • Public restrooms are located approximately 200 yards down a dirt and gravel path from the office.
  • Park Manager Amy Eckberg
  • Assistant Park Manager Jason Kiser
  • Assistant Park Manager Nikki Jones

  • Turtles
  • Deer
  • Owls

Park Rules

  • Pets must be restrained at all times on a 6’ leash
  • Park only in designated areas
  • Hike only on designated trails
  • No personal boats are allowed
  • Remote controlled devices, motorized equipment and motorized toys are not allowed
  • No organized team play is allowed on play fields
  • Prohibited items and activities include: alcoholic beverages, smoking, swimming, balloons, collection or removal of any animal or plant material, metal detectors, Geocaches, Munzees, Letter Boxing, amplified music, open fires of any kind (unless special permission is given by park staff), hunting, off-road vehicles, and personal grills.
  • All City of Raleigh ordinances apply

Programs

  • Group
  • Crafts

Public Programs


  • Volunteer Group Shot
  • Volunteers Digging

Volunteering

Amenities

  • Fishing Dock
  • Fishing Program
  • Heron at lake

Lakes/Fishing

  • Fishing is allowed only on our lower lake boat house dock and fishing dock. All North Carolina Fish and Wildlife laws apply.
  • The park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program in partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission. Stop by the park office during office hours to fill out an application. Once registered, you can borrow a fishing rod, however we do not provide bait.

  • Bird Garden
  • Bird in leaves

Bird Garden


Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

  • Enjoy viewing a variety of butterflies, caterpillars, and other insects in our garden located directly in front of the Training Lodge (accessible from the North Entrance).

  • Sensory Garden Path
  • Sensory Garden Bee
  • Sensory Garden Table

Sensory and Nature Play Garden

  • Come enjoy Durant’s newest garden, located at the North Entrance next to our welcome kiosk.
  • Extensive native plants, a sand feature, rock garden, fairy home building, toad houses, ponds, and much more provide a sensory and natural play experience fun for everyone!

Interpretive Tree Trail

Interpretive Tree Trail

  • Learn about a few of our native trees as your stroll down the Tree Trail located beside the Park Office.

Picnicking

Picnicking

  • Individual picnic tables are located at both the North and South entrances to the park.
  • These tables do not include grills. Please note that personal grills are not permitted in the park.

Discovery Backpack Kit

Discovery Backpacks

  • Discovery Backpacks are available at the Park Office for families to check out. Explore animal tracking, nature art, pond life, insects, and birds.

Site Rentals

  • The front of Campbell Lodge
  • Campbell Lodge main room
  • Campbell Lodge balcony

Campbell Lodge

  • Address: 3237 Spottswood Street
  • Campbell Lodge is managed by the staff at Durant Nature Preserve. If you would like to schedule a tour, please contact the Park Office at (919) 870-2871.
  • The main room measures approximately 40' x 80' (Capacity:200)
  • 200 folding chairs, 30 six-foot rectangular tables, 6-71" round tables available
  • Warming kitchen includes an icemaker, standard four burner range, microwave and walk-in refrigerator
  • Application Fee (non-refundable) - $15
  • Damage deposit (refundable) - $250
  • Alcohol can be served on a limited basis with a required permit (non-refundable) - $50
  • City of Raleigh resident fees - $180/hr (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) | $200/hr (6 - 11 p.m.)
  • Non-resident fees - $250/hr (8 a.m. to 6 p.m.) | $270/hr (6 - 11 p.m.)
  • View Floor Plan

Trails

  • Bunny on trail
  • Fall leaves on trail
  • Five miles of trails explore the park's 237-acres
  • Hike along a stream, through hardwood and pine forests, past wildflowers and ferns, through wetlands and alongside two lakes
  • Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails only when trail surfaces are dry. To check the status of mountain bike trails, please call the park office at 919-870-2871.
  • Park maps are available in the park office and are posted at key intersections throughout the park.
  • View Map

Shelters (3)

To rent a shelter please contact the Park Office View other shelter locations
Sassafras Picnic Shelter

Sassafras Picnic Shelter

  • Located near 12 acre lake, playground, large open playfield, restrooms and access to trailheads
  • This shelter is approximately a 200 yard walk from the parking lot down a dirt and gravel path. It is walk-in only. No vehicle access is allowed.
  • Capacity: 75
  • 12 tables
  • 2 grills
  • $24 per hour (2hr minimum)
  • Reservations are not accepted less than two weeks before date requested.
  • Rental hours - 9 a.m. to dusk
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited
  • Renter responsible for leaving shelter in same condition as it was found
  • Use of candles, luminaries or other flames of any kind is prohibited
  • No electricity
  • CURRENT NOTICE: Sassafras Picnic Shelter will operate on a first come first serve basis throughout the Lower Lake Dam Repair Project beginning September 2018. Guests are welcome to use and enjoy the shelter; no reservations will be taken until the project is completed.

Sweetgum Picnic Shelter

Sweetgum Picnic Shelter

  • Located near 12-acre lake, playground, large open playfield, restrooms and access to trailheads
  • First come, first serve basis
  • Capacity: 50
  • 8 tables
  • 1 grill
  • No electricity

Sycamore Picnic Shelter

Sycamore Picnic Shelter

  • Located near 12 acre lake, playground, large open playfield, restrooms and access to trailheads
  • First come, first serve basis
  • Capacity: 30
  • 6 tables
  • No grill
  • No electricity

Courts (1)

Courts are typically available first come, first serve. View other court locations
Sand Volleyball Court

Sand Volleyball Court

  • 1 unlit court
  • First come, first serve basis

Playgrounds

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  • Playground Bench
  • Playground equipment
  • Sandbox

Ages 2-12

  • Woodchip surface

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