Durant Nature Preserve

Last updated Sep. 05, 2019 - 12:06 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.
  • Lower Durant Park Lake Dam Spillway Project Page


  • 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 these 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

  • 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.
  • Any commercial film or photography productions taking place in a City of Raleigh Park/Preserve require a film permit. To apply for one, please contact Kathryn Gebhardt at 919-996-4510.
  • All City of Raleigh ordinances apply

Programs and Volunteering

  • Group
  • Fence Day


  • Volunteers
  • Volunteers Big Sweep



  • Heron at lake
  • Fishing Dock


  • The repairs to the lower lake dam are complete.
  • The lake has been restocked with small fish. The population is expected to be viable for fishing by this fall.
  • Fishing is permitted from the fishing docks only.
  • Fishing is prohibited at the upper lake, which has no fishing docks or piers. Bank fishing is prohibited by city ordinance because it damages shoreline habitat and endangers wildlife.
  • For nearby fishing opportunities, check out Forest Ridge Park or Falls Lake State Recreation Area.

  • 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 Table
  • Sensory Garden Bee
  • Sensory Garden Path

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.



  • 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

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

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) - $100
  • 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


  • 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

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


View other playground locations
  • Sandbox
  • Playground equipment
  • Playground Bench

Ages 2-12

  • Woodchip surface

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