||Walk on the Wild Side at Duke Farms and explore
nature at your own pace. Follow a 1.25-mile trail
through a series of different habitats, and see some
of the unique features added to the landscape by J.
B. Duke. Discover the property's impressive array of
wildlife, and learn about Duke Farms’ role as a living
laboratory with ongoing restoration projects.
Click on the picture for a Virtual Walk
Close up of Trail Map - Click Here
At the time of its construction, the Hay Barn was near
the center of farming activity, but as more land was
purchased and the farming moved elsewhere, the
structure was no longer needed as a hay press.
Following a fire in January 1915, the building
remained abandoned. Doris Duke used the ruins as
an outdoor sculpture gallery, placing individual
marble statues of human figures in linear
arrangements along the walls, which can still be
seen today. Click the picture to see The Barn
To see the Original Barn Click Here
The park is connected by 32 miles of roadway
planned, designed, executed and improved upon by
J.B. Duke. This Sycamore/London Plane allée was
planted at the turn of the century and provides
nesting opportunities for a variety of birds.
To see an expanded view of these beautiful
Sycamores, please click on the picture.
||Home to several rare and endangered species of
birds, Duke Farms is one of the finest birding
locations in the state. Throughout the estate, more
than 217 varieties can be observed in their natural