This resource was created by Jeff Geist.
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
What does a healthy forest look like? What plants and animals benefit from a healthy forest ecosystem? Research Woods is a 33-acre woodlot behind the Hay Barn and Orchid Range. Historically, the forest was mostly used as agricultural fields and lawn. However, in recent years, Research Woods has been restored through native shrub and wildflower plantings. To further regenerate the native flora and fauna in the area, Duke Farms staff regularly implement invasive plant management and maintain a fence running the perimeter to keep white-tailed deer out. Research Woods is appropriately named for the various research projects that take place there. Regular vegetation surveys show how the forest is regenerating without the presence of a large white-tailed deer population.