Durham, NC is a great place to be a cyclist. It has all the vibrancy and dynamism of an up-and-coming city, but retains out-the-door access to tranquil and rustic countryside that’s perfect for cycling. I’ve got about a dozen staple routes that meander through Durham, Orange, and Person counties. One of my favorites, is the Durham-Hillsborough loop (map below). It starts and ends in downtown Durham, and makes a big loop around Eno River State park, through Hillsborough, down to Cane Creek, just north of Chapel Hill, and back into Durham. Along the way, it hits many of the most popular and scenic cycling roads: Mt Sinai, Arthur Minnis, Dairyland, Orange Grove, and Pleasant Green Rd.
Check out some sights along the way. Hopefully I’ll see you out on the road soon.
The stretch of NC 751 along the Duke Forest is the gateway to rural Orange county from downtown Durham.
Pleasant Green Road is a staple for bikers, running due north just above the intersection of US 70, interstate 85, and the Eno River. It leads to fantastic rural Orange and Person county biking routes.
The base of a punchy climb on Pleasant Green Road
Hanging a left on St. Marys Road at the end of Pleasant Green Rd takes you straight into downtown Hillsborough.
I connect St. Marys to Orange Grove to loop around and return to Durham from Hillsborough. Just about every stretch of Orange Grove is as scenic as this.
The best part about Orange Grove Rd is riding by Maple View dairy farm. You can even stop at their country store to eat freshly made ice cream out on their rocking chair strewn porch.