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Head off the beaten path. EVERYONE LOVES THE AMERICAN TOBACCO TRAIL (and for good reason), but take time this summer and discover some secret sweet spots around our beautiful city to bike, run, walk and play. We spoke with Kendra Bridges, chair of Durham’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, about her favorite trails that are so worth exploring: “The Ellerbe Creek Trail connects Club Boulevard north through Northgate Park, past the Brontosaurus at the Museum of Life and Science and on to Rock Quarry Park. This is one of Durham’s oldest trails. Also, be sure to check out the Northgate Park dog park along the way!
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Into downtown, the South Ellerbe Creek Trail winds through neighborhoods and passes by the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association’s Pearl Mill Nature Preserve before heading into the popular Central Park neighborhood of downtown. The trail’s rolling terrain provides a challenge, but is still accessible to all members of the family. Heading south, the Third Fork Creek Trail begins near Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway at Southern Boundaries Park, winds through neighborhoods along the creek and ends at Garrett Road. This trail is a great option for those in south Durham who desire to try out a new trail or go to Southern Boundaries Park.” – LZK
Challenge: Attend at least 7 of our 10 can’t-miss events, starting on page 31.
Plan a picnic at Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
With jazz, rock, reggae and R&B concerts planned, as well as family-friendly and date-night movies – Durham Parks and Recreation’s Rock the Park series offers an engaging mix of activities in various parks to please just about every Durhamite this summer. And best of all, they’re all free! 54
Kendra Bridges enjoys jogging on the American Tobacco Trail, but she also encourages the exploration of Durham’s other, lesser-known trails.
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FIND YOUR MOST TRUSTWORTHY OLD QUILT, AND bring along some local fare to build sandwiches: Loaf seeded sourdough bread, your choice of sandwich meat and cheese from Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop (you’ll want to pick up a pastry or two for dessert!) and Num Num Sauce’s mustard. And don’t forget Elodie Farms goat cheese, Foster’s Market seven-pepper jelly and The Accidental Baker’s artisan flatbread crackers to snack on! J u n e / J u l y
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