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
Matching Grants Program interactive Google map Neighborhood Association map overlaid with trails and parks in an interactive Google map North Durham County preserved lands map from Jane Korest with Will's map of tree cover areas

   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 ATTTRTC 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).

News &
                                  Observer ATT American Tobacco Trail

Author: News and Observer
Format: PDF
Content: Photos and map of ATT with detailed trail surface data and user amenities.

ATT Section A ATT Section B ATT Section C ATT Section D ATT Section
                                  South American Tobacco Trail

Author: Durham City Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF
Content: Close-up of ATT sections.

Duke Beltline / Downtown Trail

Author: Durham City/County Planning Department
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed rails-to-trails route around downtown Durham along the existing Norfolk Southern rail line.

Duke Beltline / Downtown Trail

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

Duke Beltline / Downtown Trail

Author: Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed trail route along the existing Norfolk Southern rail line with detailed road crossings.

Duke Golf Course (aka Al Buehler Cross Country) Trail

Author: Office of the Duke Forest
Format: PDF
Content: Al Buehler Cross Country Trail around the Duke golf course includes main 2.91-mile loop and 0.58-mile exercise loop.

Ellerbe Creek Trail

Author: Durham City Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF
Content: Ellerbe Creek Trail map with vehicular parking and trail access points.

South Ellerbe Creek Trail

Author: Durham City Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF
Content: South Ellerbe Creek Trail map with vehicular parking and trail access points.


West Ellerbe Creek Trail

Author: Durham City Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF
Content: West Ellerbe Creek Trail map with vehicular parking and trail access points.

West Ellerbe 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.

Ellerbe Creek 17 Acre Wood Preserve

Author: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Format: PDF
Content: This map shows preserve boundary, trails, the Ellerbe creek, and other features overlaid on high-resolution aerial photographs.

Ellerbe Creek Glennstone Preserve

Author: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Format: PDF
Content: This map shows preserve boundary, trails, the Ellerbe creek, and other features overlaid on high-resolution aerial photographs.

Ellerbe Creek Pearl Mill Preserve

Author: Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Format: PDF
Content: This map shows preserve boundary, trails, the Ellerbe creek, and other features overlaid on high-resolution aerial photographs.

Eno River State Park

Author: NC Division of Parks and Recreation
Format: PDF (2-page)
Content: Eno River hiking trail map with information on parking, canoe access, camping, and park flora and fauna.

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.

Eno River State Park

Author: NC Division of Parks and Recreation
Format: PDF (2-page)
Content: Similar to the first Eno River map, but this map includes descriptions of hiking trails on the EASTERN side of the park.

Eno River State Park

Author: NC Division of Parks and Recreation
Format: PDF (2-page)
Content: Similar to the first Eno River map, but this map includes descriptions of hiking trails on the WESTERN side of the park.

West Point on the Eno River City Park

Author: Durham City Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF (2-page)
Content: Map displays and describes trails beginning from West Point on the Eno.

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.

Hollow Rock Access Area at New Hope Creek

Author: Orange County Environment & Resource Conservation Department
Format: PDF
Content: Proposed Master Plan for park at the intersection of Pickett and Erwin Roads.

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: Unknown
Format: JPEG
Content: Little River Park hiking, mountain biking, and Interpretive Loop trails.

Little River Park

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

Mountains to Sea Trail

Author: Friends of the NC Mountains to Sea Trail
Format: Google Map
Content: MST Section 25 (Bryan Park to West Point on the Eno City Park) with trailheads, vehicular parking, and other information.

Mountains to Sea Trail

Author: Friends of the NC Mountains to Sea Trail
Format: Google Map
Content: MST Section 26 (West Point on the Eno City Park to Shinleaf SRA) with trailheads, vehicular parking, and other information.

Mountains to Sea Trail

Author: Friends of the NC Mountains to Sea Trail
Format: Google Map
Content: MST Section 27 (Shinleaf SRA to Falls Dam) with trailheads, vehicular parking, and other information.

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.

New Hope Creek Corridor

Author: Durham City/County Planning Department
Format: PDF
Content: New Hope Creek Bottomlands trail from Githens Middle School to Chapel Hill Boulevard (as of 2002).

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.

Rocky Creek/Pearsontown Trail

Author: Durham City Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF
Content: Rocky Creek/Pearsontown Trail map with vehicular parking and trail access points.

Sandy Creek Trail

Author: Durham City Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF
Content: Sandy Creek Trail map with vehicular parking and trail access points.

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.

Warren Creek Trail

Author: Durham City Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF
Content: Warren Creek Trail map with vehicular parking and trail access points.


   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.

Eating Smart Moving More brochure and map

Author: Partnership for a Healthy Durham
Format: PDF (2-page), and also available in Spanish
Content: Brochure and map displays many options for eating locally and staying active.

North Durham Country Byway

Author: National Scenic Byways Program
Format: GIF
Content: "The North Durham Country Byway meanders through the peaceful plantations north of the metropolitan area of Durham."

Durham City Bike Rack Locations

Author: Durham City Public Works Department
Format: PDF
Content: Locations of bike racks and bike lockers in the city of Durham.


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

Capital Area Greenway Map

Author: City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF
Content: NCDOT bicycle map of Raleigh with routes, parks, and inset maps of larger towns.

Carolinas Civil War Campaign Map

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

Carrboro Bicycle Facilities Map

Author: Town of Carrboro
Format: PDF
Content: Bicycle map of Carrboro with routes denoting bike planes, wide shoulders, and bike/pedestrian paths.

Cary Bicycle/Greenway Map

Author: Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department
Format: PDF
Content: The Cary Bicycle Plan includes bike routes and descriptions, parks, and other information.

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.

Duke Forest

Author: Office of the Duke Forest
Format: PDF (with printed forest maps for sale [here])
Content: Duke Forest general locator map displays the six divisions of the Forest in Durham, Orange, and Alamance Counties.

East Coast Greenway: North Carolina

Author: East Coast Greenway
Format: JPEG
Content: Completed and proposed trail routes through eastern North Carolina for the East Coast Greenway.

Neuse River Canoe Trail

Author: City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF (2-page)
Content: Map of 10.7-mile canoe trail from Falls Dam to Poole Road also offers information on river hazards, adjacent topography, and canoe skills.

Neuse River Canoe Trail

Author: City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department
Format: PDF (2-page)
Content: Map of 3.5-mile canoe trail from Milburnie Dam to Buffaloe Road also offers information on river hazards, adjacent topography, and canoe skills.

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.

North Carolina Birding Trail

Author: North Carolina Birding Trail
Format: Interactive GIF (with a 176-page printed guide for sale [here])
Content: Piedmont North Carolina birding sites with detailed PDF maps, site descriptions, species of interest, and access, parking, and directions.

North Carolina Museum of Art Trails

Author: North Carolina Museum of Art
Format: PDF
Content: Trail routes around the Art Museum, including locations of installations and connection to the I-440 pedestrian bridge.

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.

RTP Jogging and Pedestrian Trails

Author: The Research Triangle Foundation
Format: PDF (2-page)
Content: Existing and proposed jogging and pedestrian trails (and lengths), as well as softball fields.

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.