Durham Open Space and Trails Commission (DOST)

Advocating outdoor recreation opportunities for Durham residents since 1983


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Interactive Google maps, cut-sheets, and other downloadable and printable maps of Durham County trails and open space.

We are trying to standardize and update the maps of the trails in Durham that are a part of our Trails and Greenways Trails Master Plan.  The first step in this process is a listing of all the trails that are complete along with a brief description of each and an interactive map.  We welcome comments and suggestions on these new maps.

When DOST Commissioners station information booths at Durham community events such as Earth Day, CenterFest, and the Festival for the Eno, the single most common question is, "Can I get a map of that trail?"

With this website, now you can download and print as many maps as you'd like. But we've done you one better.

On this page, we have assembled some of the most popular and commonly-used maps (listed alphabetically) of trails and open spaces across Durham County. Durham is blessed with many organizations and foundations that share DOST's passion for creating outdoor recreation opportunities for all of our residents (review a list of these groups, [here]), and have published a wide range of maps. So bookmark this page. Print out a map before you head out for a ride or hike!

Additionally, the Durham Open Space and Trails Commission has identified six future trails and trail extensions which we believe should be given highest priority by the Durham City Council. We are lobbying to have these important linkages to the existing trail framework developed, for they will benefit a large portion of the population. Benefits range from enhancing cultural and community identity to improved public health to generating economic value and activity on properties located near trail amenities.

Cut-sheets of these six priority future trails are listed below. Funding for designing two of the trail extensions (the Pearsontown and West Ellerbe Creek) has been included within the 2008-2009 Durham City Budget. Please read the cut-sheets and contact your representatives if you believe the trails should come to fruition.

If you know of another local map you'd like to see on this list or if you've spotted a dead link, drop us a line:   DOST contacts.

New Interactive Maps of Existing Trails and Greenways (Beta Version) 
DOST-identified high-priority trails

Individual Durham County trails and parks
County-wide and city-wide resource maps
Regional resource maps

   DOST-identified high-priority trails

Duke Beltline / Downtown Trail

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route with executive summary, local history, a list of trail benefits, and an artistic representation of the future trail.

Pearsontown Trail (extension)

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route with executive summary, local history, and a list of trail benefits.

Sandy Creek Trail (extension)

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route with executive summary, local history, a list of trail benefits, and an artistic representation of the future trail.

Third Fork Creek Trail

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route with executive summary, local history, a list of trail benefits, and an artistic representation of the future trail.

Warren Creek Trail

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route with executive summary, local history, and a list of trail benefits.

West Ellerbe Creek Trail (extension)

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route with executive summary, local history, a list of trail benefits, and an artistic representation of the future trail.


   Individual Durham County trails and parks

TRTC ATT TRTC ATT American Tobacco Trail

Author: Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy
Format: PDF
Content: [LEFT] Panels 1 and 2 (northern sections from West Point on the Eno to Solite Park) of the popular TRTC ATT map. [RIGHT] Panels 3 and 4 (southern sections from Solite Park to New Hill).

Eno River State Park

Author: NC Division of Parks and Recreation
Format: PDF
Content: Similar to the first Eno River map, but this map includes lengths and difficulty ratings for 15 named hiking trails.

Falls Lake

Author: NC Division of Parks and Recreation
Format: PDF (with section maps in JPEG format found [here])
Content: Falls Lake map with trails and information on facilities and boat ramps.

Jordan Lake

Author: NC Division of Parks and Recreation
Format: PDF (with section maps in JPEG format found [here])
Content: Jordan Lake map with information on gamelands, facilities, and boat ramps.

Little River Park

Author: Triangle MTB
Format: JPEG
Content: Little River Park mountain bike trails.

New Hope Creek Corridor

Author: New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee
Format: GIF (with ten component maps found [here])
Content: Existing and proposed trails in the New Hope Creek Corridor Master Plan.

Pearsontown Trail (extension)

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route with executive summary, local history, and a list of trail benefits.

Sandy Creek Trail (extension)

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed future trail route extension with executive summary, local history, a list of trail benefits, and an artistic representation of the future trail.

Third Fork Creek Trail

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed future trail route with executive summary, local history, a list of trail benefits, and an artistic representation of the future trail.

Warren Creek Trail

Author: Durham Open Space and Trails Commission
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route with executive summary, local history, and a list of trail benefits.


   County-wide and city-wide resource maps

Durham County Greenways and Trails Durham County Greenways and Trails

Author: Durham City/County Planning Dept, Durham Parks and Rec, and the Durham Convention and Visitor's Bureau
Format: PDF (2-page)
Content: Generalized trail map of Durham County

Durham Park Locator

Author: Durham City GIS Department
Format: Online tool
Content: Maps (and amenities) of over 60 Durham County parks can be queried and displayed.

Triangle Bike Maps: Durham

Author: Nicomachus.net
Format: Google Map
Content: Community-generated bike routes with locations of bike shops, co-ops, and meet-ups.


Durham Bike Map

Author: NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Format: JPEG
Content: [LEFT] Front of NCDOT bicycle map with street index and ratings, topographic elevation, and parks. [RIGHT] Back of NCDOT bicycle map with safety tips and description of street ratings.


   Regional resource maps

Carolinas Civil War Campaign Map

Author: NC Department of Tourism
Format: PDF
Content: Carolinas Campaign map includes driving route and Civil War site details.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro Bicycle Facilities Map

Author: Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department
Format: PDF
Content: Bicycle map of Chapel Hill and Carrboro with routes denoting bike planes, wide shoulders, and nearby amentities.

Chatham County Bike Map

Author: NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Format: JPEG
Content: NCDOT bicycle map of Chatham County with routes, parks, and inset maps of larger towns.

North Carolina Bicycling Highways

Author: NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Format: Printed
Content: Order free bicycling route maps from this NCDOT web page.

Raleigh Bike Map

Author: NCDOT Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation
Format: PDF
Content: NCDOT bicycle map of Raleigh with routes, parks, and inset maps of larger towns.

Triangle Bike Maps: Cary

Author: Nicomachus.net
Format: Google Map
Content: Community-generated bike routes with locations of bike shops, co-ops, and meet-ups.


Triangle Bike Maps: Orange County

Author: Nicomachus.net
Format: Google Map
Content: Community-generated bike routes with locations of bike shops, co-ops, and meet-ups.


Triangle Bike Maps: Raleigh

Author: Nicomachus.net
Format: Google Map
Content: Community-generated bike routes with locations of bike shops, co-ops, and meet-ups.


Triangle MTB Area Bike Map

Author: Triangle MTB
Format: Yahoo Map
Content: Links to detailed Triangle area bike routes with locations of trailheads and bike shops.


William B. Umstead State Park

Author: NC Division of Parks and Recreation
Format: PDF
Content: Umstead State Park map with hiking trails, bridle paths, camping, and other information.