Visit Durant Nature Preserve

News posted Dec. 06, 2017 - 1:43 pm

Durant Nature Preserve offers year round park programs, summer camps and volunteer opportunities to encourage all community members to get involved.

Some of the major nature elements throughout the park include a butterfly and bird garden, a sensory and nature play garden, an interpretative tree trail, picnicking locations and a fishing area. The butterfly and bird gardens allow for you to view a variety of species and learn about the butterfly lifecycle. As Durant’s newest garden, the sensory and nature play garden showcases extensive native plants, a sand feature, rock garden, fort building, toad houses and much more to provide a play experience fun for everyone! On the interpretative tree trail, you can learn about the native trees in the area. Fishing is currently allowed only on our lower lake boat house dock and fishing dock. All North Carolina Fish and Wildlife laws apply. You can also check out the free discovery backpacks with fun items that help children explore pond life, insects and birds around the park!

Throughout the park, there is a total of five miles of trails across the 237 acres of land. On these trails, you can hike through various native plants, wetlands and along 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.

For play areas, Durant has one outdoor basketball court and one sand volleyball court. These courts are available on a first come, first serve basis. There is also a playground for ages two to twelve that has a woodchip surface.

Host your next family gathering or birthday party at one of our three picnic shelters! The Sassafras shelter holds 75 people, has twelve tables and two grills. This shelter is required to be reserved for a fee of $24 an hour. The Sweetgum shelter holds 50 people, has eight tables and one grill. This shelter is on a first come, first serve basis. The Sycamore shelter has a capacity of 30 people and has six tables. This shelter is also on a first come, first serve basis.

If you are hosting a larger event, Campbell Lodge holds a capacity of 200 people and is available for rent. For more details on Campbell Lodge and other information on Durant Nature Preserve, please visit the website.


  • Durant Nature Preserve
  • 8305 Camp Durant Rd
  • Raleigh, NC 27614

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