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Aug012012

Durant Nature Park

Description

This 237-acre suburban nature park has 5 miles of trails that take visitors through a variety of woodland habitats and around small lakes. Trail maps can be found at kiosks, the park office, and posted at major trail intersections. The South Lakeside and Border Trails are good for spying spring wildflowers and ferns, and offer nice birding opportunities year-round. The Border Trail is a good choice for birding during spring and summer, and is the most productive route for morning visits. The Upper Lake is a good spot to bird anytime of year, especially for woodpeckers. The creek bordering Secret Creek Trail is dependable for songbirds during migration periods. Occasionally, waterfowl can be seen in winter and during migration periods on the lakes. There are bird and butterfly gardens near the Training Lodge that are good places to watch for Ruby-throated Hummingbird and American Goldfinch during spring and summer. Several bird boxes are maintained by park staff.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Great Crested Flycatcher, Summer Tanager, Indigo Bunting, migrating songbirds

Habitat

oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, floodplain forest, small wetland communities, lake

Access and Parking

The site is open daily 8am to sunset

Directions

From Raleigh, take Capital Boulevard/US 1 North. One mile past the I-540 interchange, turn left on Durant Road. After 0.5 miles, turn left on Camp Durant Road. Follow Camp Durant Road until it dead ends into the park.

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