Personal Outdoor Trip Plans

Outdoor Adventures will help plan your next outing with Personal Trip Plans. You can select from several hiking, paddling, backpacking, or camping trip plans within North Carolina. Keep an eye out for new locations as we continue to update this resource. Pair a Personal Outdoor Adventure Trip with an Equipment Rental and you will be set for a trip full of adventure! Click the trip type below to access the location plans available for each activity.

Trip Plans Include
  • Location Address and GPS coordinates  
  • Location information such as parking, trailhead, boat ramps, visitors centers, campgrounds and/or facilities 
  • Recommended things to do ranging from beginning to advanced 
  • An activity-specific packing list 
  • A risk management plan outlining possible risks and safety measures to minimize those risks 
  • Rules and Regulations of the Area 
  • Emergency information for the nearest hospital 

Do you have a suggestion for a new location or activity for a trip plan? Do you have feedback on any of the current trip plans? Please submit any feedback, suggestions, and/or comments here

Map of Trip Plan Locations

NOTE: Click the box with arrow icon in the top left corner of the map to expand sortable trip options. 

Trip Types

Durham Historic Sites

Durham is filled with historic buildings, properties and districts that are chosen for their historic significance. These sites are great for family field trips, picnics, or a space to learn more about the diverse history of Durham!


The Durham area has several beautiful and unique hiking areas. The diverse trail system will take you meandering through the woods, to the top of mountains, and strolling near streams.


A great way to beat the heat is to get out paddling on one of Durham’s picturesque lakes or waterways. Whether you are Stand Up Paddleboarding, Canoeing, or Kayaking, you can enjoy the water from dawn till dusk.

Mountain Biking

The triangle offers access to great mountain biking trails for any skill level. Whether you're a beginner looking to develop your mountain biking skills, or an advanced rider looking for fast, flowing trails there are a variety of options within a short drive.

Overnight – Car Camping 

Unplug and unwind with a night under the stars at one of the Durham area’s beautiful campgrounds. The campgrounds are located on picturesque lakes so you can spend your nights roasting marshmallows and your days swimming, paddling, or hiking. 

Overnight – Backpacking  

The Durham area offers great locations for the beginner or well-seasoned backpackers, whether you are looking to hike 1 mile or 6 miles. Take the opportunity to step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and carry everything you need in your backpack.