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Al Buehler and Sally Meyerhoff Trails

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3.7 Miles 6.0 Kilometers



216' 66 m


-225' -69 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (6°)

390' 119 m


277' 84 m


Shared By Mikhaila Redovian



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A very well-maintained trail circumscribing the Washington Duke golf course.

Mikhaila Redovian

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Features Birding · River/Creek · Wildlife


The trail is wide and well-maintained, and more than 90% of it is in shade. There is only one street crossing in the entire loop. There are several challenging hills.


The Al Buehler Trail loop is just under 3 miles, and it's a great trail when taken in either direction. Signposts appear at the 1/4 mile and 1k marks. There are several points where you can start, either from the parking lot near the intersection of Erwin Rd and Cameron, or further east, past the entrance to the Washington Duke country club.

If you take the loop in a clockwise direction (opposite the signposts), you'll cross over a bridge near mile marker 2, and you can take a left at that point to add on the Sally Meyerhoff Fitness Loop, which is about another 1k to 3/4 mile. There are exercise stations along this loop if you want to test your balance or do some other workouts.

When you return to the Al Buehler Trail, you'll continue over some mild rises until you near mile marker 1.5, where you climb up a bit, going behind one of the golf tees. The drop back down is even more dramatic and then you'll cross over two small bridges in rapid succession before reaching the 1 mile marker. From there, it's a quick jaunt back to the start of the loop, and your vehicle.

History & Background

The trail is named in honor of Al Beuhler, the famous track and cross-country coach from Duke, who also served as an Olympic coach.


Land Manager: Duke Forest

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Tom Eagen
Durham, NC
Tom Eagen   Durham, NC
I run it daily, adding some links to make it four or five miles or just double the main loop for six. To make a five miler, start at the parking lot just East of Erwin Rd/ Cameron Blvd, heading counter-clockwise. As you come West down the trail from the parking lot, just continue straight ahead and the old roadbed will take you almost onto 15/501 bypass as you curve right to the intersection of the exit ramp and Cameron Blvd. Turn around and return to the main trail and you'll have added 1/2 mile. Make a right and continue down the main trail. Then just passed the 1.5 mile marker, go right out to Cornwallis Road and back, each way is 1/10th mile, making up the short fall of the Fitness Loop. Continue main loop and just before the 2 mile marker and the bridge, stay to the right and pick up the Fitness Loop. You can go left or right but just for simplicity, if you go right, when you get to the gate leading out ot Academy Road, make a right on the trail along the road up to the gate/turn around at Pinecrest and loop back to the Fitness Loop, having added 4/10ths of a mile. When you complete the Fitness Loop and its extension you will rejoin the main trail at the 2 mile marker and the bridge over the pond, full of turtles and a Great Blue Heron. Up the hill, cross the road entering the Washington Duke Inn, cross the Faculty Pool parking lot and ease down the hill all the way back to the starting parking lot. Note that the last alleged quarter mile from the 2 3/4 marker back to the start line is short by about 1/10 mile which you will need to add by continuing past the start line about fifty paces and back to the start line. Of course, 4 miles is the same except you don't do the extensions West to 15/501 or along Academy to Pinecrest. Counter clockwise means you will have the nastiest hill just before the mile and a half marker on the main trail and then a long grade up from pond to the WaDuke entrance. Clockwise is a bit easier. It's a friendly run with many folks of all ages, some with kids and jogging strollers, some with infants in chest packs, some folks escorted by their dogs on leashes with bags for poop scooping. So there are slow strollers, power walkers, and younger competitive runners, all of whom make way for each other and enjoy their time on this trail. Jul 28, 2018

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