Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about the great outdoors in the Triangle – parks, trails and green spaces under blue skies. So brush up on your trail etiquette, lace up those shoes, slather on the sunscreen and join us for some fresh air and fun times.
Once known as Camp Durant and headquarters for the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts, in 1979 the city of Raleigh purchased the land from the scouts and turned it into a nature park. In 2010 the park was designated Durant Nature Preserve, in order to protect and preserve the natural resources within the area, as well as to provide a venue for both recreation and environmental education.
The 237 acre preserve includes amenities and activities like fishing at the lower lake boathouse dock, specialized garden areas for birds and butterflies, the “Tree Trail” for kids, a playground, picnic shelters and five miles of hiking trails. The trail hikes lead alongside a stream, through hardwood and pine forests, past wildflowers and ferns, through wetlands and around two lakes, offering a variety of views along the way. I have to admit that my favorite view was from a bench near the larger lower lake shore, where I could just relax and watch the reflection of the white clouds in the water. That was my own personal moment of Zen.
Make sure you get out to visit Durant Nature Preserve this summer and bring the family. The City of Raleigh Rec Link contains all the information you’ll need to participate in special programs at the preserve as well as other Raleigh parks this Summer, and year round.