Durant Nature Preserve

Last updated Sep. 18, 2018 - 4:21 pm
Rainbow at Durant Nature Preserve
  • Year 1979 | Acres 237
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  • Durant Nature Preserve was formerly known as Camp Durant, headquarters for the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts. In 1979 the City purchased the land from the scouts and turned it into a nature park.
  • In 2010 the park was designated as a Nature Preserve with the goal of protecting and preserving the significant natural resources within this area and to provide natural resource based recreation and environmental education experiences.
  • In September, Durant's lower lake will be undergoing dam repair. As a result, the lake will be drained for a period of approximately four months in order for repairs to be made. 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


  • 919-870-2871
Park Office

Park Office

  • Park office is located at the North Entrance. Look for a small brown building on the left hand side of the parking lot.
  • Public restrooms are located approximately 200 yards down a dirt and gravel path from the park office.
  • Visit the Park Office where friendly and knowledgeable staff are happy to provide trail and park information.
  • Free loaner equipment: discovery backpacks great for families who want to learn more about the pond, insects, and birds. Backpacks can be checked out at the Park Office during office hours.
  • Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Please call the park office for closing times which vary throughout the year.
  • Park Manager Amy Eckberg
  • Assistant Park Manager Jason Kiser
  • Assistant Park Manager Nicole Jones

Policies & Rules

Park Rules

  • Pets must be restrained at all times on a 6’ leash
  • Park only in designated areas
  • Hike on designated trails only
  • No personal boats allowed
  • Remote controlled devices/motorized equipment and motorized toys are not allowed
  • No organized team play allowed on play fields
  • 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 are prohibited!
  • All City of Raleigh ordinances apply


  • Group
  • Crafts

Public Programs

  • Volunteer Group Shot
  • Volunteers Digging





  • Fishing is currently 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 Garden

Butterfly Garden

Butterfly Garden

  • Enjoy viewing a variety of butterflies and learning about the butterfly lifecycle in our garden located directly in front of the Training Lodge (accessible from the North Entrance).

  • Sensory and Nature Play Garden
  • Sensory and Nature Play Garden Sign

Sensory and Nature Play Garden

  • Durant’s newest garden located at the North Entrance
  • Extensive native plants, a sand feature, rock garden, teepee, fort 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 you stroll down the tree trail located beside the park office.



  • 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 available at Park Office for families to check out and explore pond life, insects, and birds.

Site Rentals

  • The front of Campbell Lodge
  • Campbell Lodge great room
  • Campbell Lodge back porch

Campbell Lodge

  • Address: 3237 Spottswood Street
  • 40' x 80' (Capacity:200)
  • 200 folding chairs, 30 six foot rectangular tables, 6-71" round tables available
  • Kitchen includes an icemaker, standard four burner range, microwave and walk-in refrigerator
  • Application Fee (non-refundable) - $15
  • Damage deposit (refundable) is $250
  • Alcohol can be served on a limited basis with a required permit (non-refundable) - $50
  • 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


  • 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.
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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 is a walk in shelter only - no vehicle access 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 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

Sweetgum Picnic Shelter

Sweetgum Picnic Shelter

  • First come first serve basis
  • Capacity: 50
  • 8 tables
  • 1 grill
  • No electricity

Sycamore Picnic Shelter

Sycamore Picnic Shelter

  • First come first serve basis
  • Capacity: 30
  • 6 tables
  • No grill
  • No electricity

Courts (2)

Courts are typically available first come, first serve. View other court locations
Outdoor Basketball Court

Outdoor Basketball Court

  • Grass and dirt surface
  • Available first come first serve

Sand Volleyball Court

Sand Volleyball Court

  • 1 unlit court
  • Available first come first serve


View other playground locations
  • Play Structure
  • Swings
  • Sand Spot

Ages 2-12

  • Woodchip surface

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