- Any off-trail activities
- After sunset access
- Off-leash dogs
- Camping and/or campfires
- Hunting and/or carrying weapons
- Operating motorized vehicles within the Forest
- Rock and tree climbing
- Group activities not pre-approved
- Removal or damage of vegetation
- Disturbing scientific research
- Horseback riding and Mountain biking off of graded and mowed roads
- Geocaching, terracaches, and letterboxes (see below)
- Metal detecting(see below)
- Hobbyist drone flights (see below)
Geocaching and/or metal detecting is not allowed
The primary mission of the Duke Forest is to serve as a living laboratory and outdoor classroom for teaching and research. While public recreation is permitted, these activities must not conflict with teaching and research projects, or with the natural and historical values of the Forest.
Due to concerns including: protection of research and natural areas; preservation of cultural and archaeological sites; maintenance of trails and the creation of unauthorized trails; safety of visitors and liability; and, the overall adherence to Forest Regulations and Safety Guidelines, placing and/or searching for geocaches, terracaches, letterboxes, or any other form is strictly prohibited in all divisions of the Duke Forest. Similarly, flying drones and/or metal detecting is not allowed.
Any caches found will be considered abandoned property and will be removed and discarded. Any persons found flying drones or metal detecting will be reported to local law enforcement.
Hobbyist Drone Use
Hobbyist drone use is not permitted within or above the Duke Forest without expressed, written, and exceptional permission. Please refer to Duke University’s Drone Policy.