Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Woodcroft Community Playground & Trails

The Woodcroft community in Durham is a great little pocket for family living. This planned community is so conveniently located, minutes away from I-40. This community is different from a Meadowmont or Southern Village. Woodcroft doesn't have a village center. But it does have over 2,000 homes of different sizes integrated with nature alongside of and off of Woodcroft Parkway.

There are over 6 miles of trails through Woodcroft, intersecting with the American Tobacco Trail. This is a fantastic spot for walking (in fact, some of our Healthy Moms classes take place here). The paths are paved and generally offer rolling hills, not too steep. Very stroller-friendly here. And if you want to bike, you can go quite a way happily. There are a few major road crossings, but nothing too dicey. Some of the trail parallels Woodcroft Parkway, other parts are through scenic woods.

For a map of the trail system, I am a big fan of the bikely one here: www.bikely.com

But this snippet from Run the Planet explains well:
"These paved bike/walk/run paths run through the Woodcroft community in southern Durham, not far from both Southpoint and the paved portion of the American Tobacco Trail, which makes it an ideal way to link up for longer runs starting at the American Tobacco Trail parking areas. The main path runs along the South side of Woodcroft parkway, intersecting the American Tobacco Trail just before Fayetteville Road."

We already mentioned Piney Woods Park which is right off of Woodcroft Parkway towards Southpoint. If you are on the other side of Woodcroft check out the playground at the Woodcroft Club. This playground is public access and you do not have to be a Woodcroft Club member to enjoy it:

Well-maintained landscaped grounds, the ground cover is mulch. Not a lot of shade here. The playground equipment is definitely for the older kids. They can climb quite high here and safety rails are higher up. But it is very nice and worth a stop!

Unlike Meadowmont or Southern Village, no food or drinks in walking distance or as a good stroller stop, but there are a lot of options just off of Woodcroft Parkway on each side.

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