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Little River Regional Park and Natural Area


Little River Regional Park is a 391-acre park created from a cooperative project between Orange and Durham Counties, with assistance from the Triangle Land Conservancy, Eno River Association, and other organizations. A designated 0.6-mile birding trail starts at the park office and passes through several different habitats. There are also 7 miles of hiking trails and 7 miles of single track mountain biking trails. Maps of the trails are available at the park office. Eastern Bluebird and Northern Mockingbird can be seen along the power lines. Look for Carolina Wren, sparrows, and Indigo Bunting in early successional habitats. The oak forest and mixed hardwood/pine areas are home to permanent residents like Carolina Chickadee, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Cardinal, and Pileated Woodpecker. During summer Wood Thrush and Ovenbird serenade you along trails. Red-eyed Vireo and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher are common. American Redstart, Yellow-throated Warbler, and Summer Tanager are songbirds you can expect to encounter. Red-shouldered and Cooper's Hawks can be seen flying overhead or perched in trees. Around the parking area a butterfly garden and feeders attract Ruby-throated Hummingbird and American Goldfinch.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Brown-headed Nuthatch, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Fox Sparrow, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting


oak forest & mixed hardwoods/pine, early successional, floodplain forest, river

Access and Parking

The park is open 8am to 5pm, November - February; 8am to 6pm, March and October; 8am to 7pm, April and September; 8am to 8pm, May - August.


From Durham, take the Guess Road/NC 157 exit (Exit 175)offI-85. Follow Guess Road north and look for the park entrance on the right 1.1 miles into Orange County (about 10.1 miles from the I-85 exit).

Google Directions

Delorme Gazetteer Page


Bird List

Reader Comments (1)

The link for the external website at the top of this page is incorrect and returns a page not found message when clicked on.

It should be: http://orangecountync.gov/deapr/parks/little_river_regional_park.asp.

There is also a Facebook page with more information and pictures than the website: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Little-River-Regional-Park/61512070179.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the park.

January 3, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Pesavento

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