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Shepherd Natural Trail Opening Celebration!

Join us for a family-friendly morning of refreshments, children’s activities, and guided or self-guided hikes along the restored Shepherd Nature Trail!

The Office of the Duke Forest is excited to invite you to our opening celebration for the newly restored Shepherd Nature Trail – Duke Forest’s one and only interpretive trail.  With a matching grant from Durham County, we have worked to overhaul signage, improve trail conditions, and upgrade infrastructure.  We hope the trail will engage audiences both young and old in understanding forest change and considering the roles we play in it.    

When:   Saturday, April 15th beginning at 9:30am with opening remarks

What:    Refreshments, children’s activities, and guided hikes beginning at 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30am

Where: Durham Division, Gate C, Hwy 751

Parking available along the road and inside the gate.  Use this Google Map link to generate directions to Gate C:

Registration encouraged but not required.

  •   9:30 AM
      10:30 AM
      11:30 AM
      On my own
  •   Neighbor
      Recreational User
      K-12 Educator
      Duke Staff/Faculty
      Duke Student
      Nicholas School Alum
      Duke Alum


Past tours:

2017 Spring Flora and Fauna Tour

2016 Fall Foliage and Nature Journaling Hike

2016 Fall History Tour

2016 Spring Flora and Fauna Tour

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2015 Research Tour – Another great write-up by Duke’s Director of Research Communications on a great tour of Duke Forest research – check it out!

2015 Spring Flora and Fauna Tour

2014 Duke Forest Research Tour – Check out this great blog post by Duke’s Director of Research Communications and look for Duke Forest to host more great events in the New Year!

2014 Annual Gathering – Check out this recap and photos of this year’s fun and informative Annual Gathering