Maps for Bicycling and Walking in Durham


  1. Pedestrian Crashes Map
  2. Sidewalk Improvement Plan
  3. Intersection Improvement Plan
  4. Bike Plan
  5. Connect Downtown Durham: Walking, Biking, and Transit Map
  6. Durham's "walk-score"
  7. Durham Open Spaces and Trails Commission Maps
  8. Bikeways
  9. Bikeracks
  10. Greenways

1. Durham Pedestrian Crashes Map

The Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) has added this new interactive map which locates all reported pedestrian crashes in Durham County from 2004 to 2009 and indicates their frequency and severity at each crash location. Data for 2009 was just added in April 2010.

2. Durham's Sidewalk Improvement Plan

This interactive map of Durham's Sidewalk Improvement Plan highlights the status of on-going sidewalk improvements as identified in the DurhamWalks! Pedestrian Plan.

3. Durham's Intersection Improvement Plan

This interactive map of Durham's Intersection Improvement Plan highlights the status of on-going intersection pedestrian improvements as identified in the DurhamWalks! Pedestrian Plan.

4. Durham's Comprehensive Bicycle Plan

The 2006 Durham Comprehensive Bicycle Plan includes a map that shows existing bike lanes and off-road trails. (See page 26.) Here is a map that shows the Top Projects of the Bicycle Plan.

5. Connect Downtown Durham: Walking, Biking and Transit Map

Triangle Transit has prepared a walking, biking, and transit map showing connections to downtown Durham.

6. Durham's Google WalkScore

Downtown Durham is a "walker's paradise". Check to find easily walkable destinations in and around Durham.

7. Durham Open Spaces and Trails Commission (DOST)

The Durham Open Spaces and Trails Commission maintains an extensive database of maps for walking and cycling here.

8. Bikeways

One goal of BPAC is to make existing and future road infrastructure safer for cycling. Another goal is promote the use of streets for biking.

Many roads in Durham are already appropriate for biking. See the 2012 edition of the Durham Bike and Hike Map.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation - Bicycle Division posts several great bicycling maps, a downloadable pamphlet outlining bicycle related laws, and lots of other useful information.

Here also is a work-in-progress biking map of Durham: Durham Cycling Map (revised and revising).

The 2006 Durham Comprehensive Bicycle Plan includes a map that shows existing bike lanes and off-road trails. (See page 26.)

9. Bicycle Rack Locations for Durham

This interactive Google map of bicycle rack locations is under contiuous expansion. You may contribute locations of bike racks that are not already on the map.

For bike racks on the DUke campuses (both East and West) see this link.

10. Greenways

Durham's greenways provide smooth, safe, wooded trails for bikers and walkers. The greenways connect parks, points of interests, and neighborhoods throughout the city and county. The trails are perfect for biking, walking, inline skating, and virtually any non-motorized mode of transportation. Wildlife also use these forested corridors to move between parks, and the greenways along Durham's streams help protect water quality. American Tobacco Trail's fall colors
The American Tobacco Trail's fall colors
(photo courtesy of Triangle Rails to Trails).

To get started on Durham's greenways:

  • Use the map at the Durham Parks and Recreation Interactive Trails Map to find a greenway that interests you. Clicking on a location will download a detailed map of that greenway.
  • Download the Durham Trails and Greenways brochure for location and parking information. This document contains a colorful, easy to read map of the entire greenway system.
  • The Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy is an excellent resource for information on the Durham greenways built on former railway corridors.
  • members of the Hillside High School basketball team on a fundraiser ride
    Members of the Hillside High School basketball team on a fundraiser ride.

    Greenways are constantly being constructed and improved. If you don't already live near a greenway, Durham may be planning to build one near you. Contact BPAC if you are interested in seeing a greenway connect to your neighborhood. To see future trail plans, visit the Durham Parks and Recreation Home Page and download the Durham Trails and Greenways Master Plan. Warren Creek Trail in north Durham
    Warren Creek Trail in north Durham

    -- information for this page was compiled by BPAC member Heather Fisher.

    Hiking in and around Durham

    The Triangle area has many opportunities for hiking, no matter what your pace.

    Local Greenways

    There are over 15 miles of paved greenways throughout the City of Durham, including the popular American Tobacco Trail. This urban trail system links a series of City parks and amenities, and provides a recreational and commuter opportunity for many Durham citizens.

    To learn more about our greenway trail plans and local "Adopt a Trail" program, visit the City of Durham's Department of Parks & Recreation website.

    Natural Trails

    Durham boasts several wonderful parks with natural-surfaced trails for hiking and running. These include:
    Little River Park and Natural Area
    West Point on the Eno
    Duke Forest
    American Tobacco Trail

    Dog Parks

    Dog owners represent a large segment of the Durham community. And while regular leash walks provide a level of exercise that promotes good dog health, access to open space for off-leash play and socialization is equally important. The Durham Dogapalooza Parks are multifunctional facilities designed to offer a safe and controlled environment for dogs and their owners. The Durham Dog Park is located in Piney Wood Park, and consists of 4 separate fenced-in areas!

    Piney Wood Park is located at the intersection of Woodcroft Parkway and Woodlake Drive. The park consists of more than 3 acres of land.


    Other Triangle Trails & Greenways

    The Town of Chapel Hill has a robust system of paved trails for use by pedestrians, joggers, rollerbladers and bicyclists.

    The Town of Cary has been awarded by the League of American Bicyclists with a “Bicycle Friendly Community Award,”thanks in part to their existing system of off-road, multi-use trails and greenways.

    The Research Triangle Park has a dense network of paved trails throughout the business campus. Click here for a map of all RTP trails.

    The City of Raleigh boasts a growing system of trails, including segments of the American Tobacco Trail and a new greenway on the NC Museum of Art campus.

    State Parks & Day Trips

    In addition to these City parks, there are a number of State Parks in the area with great hiking, camping, boating and other facilities. For more information, click on each of the park titles below:

    Other Ideas

    Tour the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 55 acres of natural beauty located on Duke University’s West Campus.

    Visit the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill to tour their collections of plants representing approximately 4,700 species of plants native and naturalized in North and South Carolina, as well as herbs and horticultural plants from all over the world.

    Check out the North Carolina Department of Tourism website for information on recreational trails and hiking opportunities throughout the state.

    Get Involved

    Triangle Greenways Council is a non-profit advocacy group for the promotion of trails and greenways in the Triangle. The Board of the Triangle Greenways Council meets every fourth Monday at the offices of The Healing Place, near the NC State Farmers Market in southern Raleigh at 7:00pm. All are welcome.

    The Triangle Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (TRTC) is a state chartered non-profit organization, founded in 1989. Its purpose is to work with local and state government officials to preserve local abandoned railroad corridors for future transportation and other interim uses such as recreational trails. The group’s most ambitious current project is the American Tobacco Trail, a 30-mile trail from Durham to Wake County. The group is also working on the acquisition of the Timberlake rail corridor through northern Durham, which will connect Durham to the national East Coast Greenway Trail from Maine to Florida.

    Visit a Durham Open Space & Trails Commission meeting on the third Wednesday of any month. Meetings are held from 7:00-9:00pm in the 2nd floor Committee Room of Durham City Hall. The public is welcome