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Find your chill: A local’s outdoor guide

Be sure to check out the last post, “Find your chill: Parent edition.”


Spending time in nature sounds like a nice thing to do, but it’s more than that. Time outdoors actually promotes mental health. Interested in learning more? For starters, you can read more here, here, and here.

We live in an area rich in natural resources and places to explore or just “be” outside. I’m sure this post is not complete, and I didn’t even touch the vast amount of outdoor dining and event venues, but I hope it will be a good place to start.

Chapel Hill and Durham

North Carolina Botanical Display Garden and Piedmont Nature Trails

Mason Farm Biological Reserve

Battle Park and Forest Theater

Coker Arboretum

Trails and Greenways of Chapel Hill

Trails and Greenways of Durham

Duke Forest Shepherd Nature Trail

Al Buehler Cross Country Trail 

Durham Central Park

Eno River State Park

A little further out…

Honeysuckle Tea House

Haw River Canoe & Kayak – Guided or self-guided tours

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area – Trails, picnicking, and fishing in a unique, historical setting.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area – Camping, boating, swimming, biking, hiking. See if you can spot the bald eagles!

William B. Umstead State Park – All the allure of a state park, plus equestrian trails for horse owners.

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