This resource was created by Abigail Schmid, Joanne Vogel, and Kate Reilly.
April is the perfect month to revisit your favorite locations on the Duke Farms property and to discover some new special spots as well. Whether your “amble” is more of a saunter, jog, ramble, hike, or bike ride, remember to make some green memories of your own.
With 18 miles of trails, there is something for everyone at Duke Farms.
"At some point in life, the world's beauty becomes enough.
You don't need to photograph, paint, or even remember it. It is enough.” - Toni Morrison
Did you know that the lake system at Duke Farms is mostly manmade? Duke Farms started out as ~40 individually-owned farms until 1893 when James Buchanon Duke started purchasing bits and pieces of what Duke Farms is today. His goal? Turn the property into a park comparable (maybe even superior) to Central Park in New York City. By 1909, JB Duke had transformed the originally flat farmland and sporadic woodlots into rolling hills and impressive stonework, all tied together by the lake system, comprised of 9 lakes and 10 waterfalls. Learn more about the history of the lake system and how it serves as beautiful scenery and critical habitat for wildlife.