Public Recreation Areas

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The Durham County Open Space Program partners with Orange County to operate two parks for public use.  These parks were the result of citizen led initiatives to preserve the land and now offer a host of amenities for the public to enjoy.

Little River Regional Park:  (Click here to go to the park's website)

This 376 acre regional park located on Guess Road along the Durham/Orange county line offers 7 miles of hiking trails, 7 miles of biking trails, a birding trail, picnic shelters, playground, open field, and group campground. Click on the link below for a park brochure and trail map: 


                                                           Little River Regional Park Park Brochure


Hollow Rock Nature Park at New Hope Creek Preserve:  (Click here to go to the park's website)

The 75 acre Hollow Rock Nature Park, part of the larger New Hope Creek Preserve, opened in 2016. This parcel was purchased jointly by Durham County, Orange County, the City of Durham, and the Town of Chapel Hill. The Park includes 1.5 miles of hiking trails, an open play field, and trail connections to Duke Forest.  Click on the links below to view the Hollow Rock Nature Park Trail Map and the Park's Adopted Master Plan:


          Hollow Rock Nature Park Trail Map

 Hollow Rock Nature Park Adopted Master Plan


New Hope Creek Preserve

The Open Space Program also maintains a trail in the New Hope Creek Preserve adjacent to Githens Middle School and Old Chapel Hill Road Park.  Parking is available at the city park, and trail access is along the greenway between the basketball court and soccer field.  Click the link below for a trail map.

                                          New Hope Creek Bottomlands Trail Map


Little River Regional Park Sign