2023 NC Year of the Trail

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2023 NC Year of the Trail

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) is encouraging residents to get outdoors in 2023 for Year of the Trail in North Carolina! 2023 NC Year of the Trail is the largest statewide celebration of trails and outdoor recreation in North Carolina history. DPR maintains over 30 miles of multi-use trails and greenways. DPR’s multi-use trails are free and accessible to the community and provide excellent opportunities for residents to recreate and exercise.

The Year of the Trail campaign will reach communities across the state with the message of how and where to experience trails that showcase North Carolina’s beautiful landscapes, provide healthy recreation, and stimulate local economies. The NC General Assembly NC designated 2023 as NC Year of the Trail, an effort led by the Great Trails State Coalition.

Goals for NC Year of the Trail:

  • Inspire people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to try trails,
  • Demonstrate the importance of trails to elected officials.
  • Boost outdoor recreation tourism across the state through Year of the Trail events in all 100 counties.
  • Promote safe and responsible use of trails, with the Outdoor NC Principles.
  • Advance diversity and inclusion on trails.

Trail Spotlight and Monthly Activities

Each month DPR will highlight a trail and provide Durham residents with a trail focus self-guided activity. Residents are encouraged to visit the monthly Trail Spotlight and complete a self-guided activity and photo challenge for a chance to win a DPR Play More Pack!

We’ll also share activities, programs, and events taking place on DPR trails all year long to make it easy and fun for residents to experience our trail network.

Learn More and Follow Along

DPR strives to ensure trails are accessible, safe, and welcoming to all residents and visitors. Learn more about current trail repairs and upcoming construction.

Follow along on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter by following @DPRplaymore.