Duke Farm is a vast and beautifully maintained ecological gem and a tribute to Doris Dukes' desire to preserve natural beauty. The property is financed by the foundation and does not charge an admission or parking fee. After parking in the unpaved lot, you can visit the information center or head down the driveway for the main walking area. There is a crossing guard to assist visitors safely across the rural street - not much traffic to contend with but the guard is always there. This is a spectacular location to leisurely stroll, walk, run, ride a bike or any combination - quiet and serene. Some of the wonderful things to see are the orchid greenhouse, pet cemetery, hay barn ruins with its magnificent statuary, along with several buildings, vast flowered meadows with ponds. The trails are easy to navigate whether walking, riding a bike, or pushing a baby stroller - a tram is available, if needed. There are portable bathrooms at various locations and they are clean and also well maintained. This is a true gem to visit and, if you are lucky enough to live close enough for repeat visits, this is a marvelous place to bring a lunch and lounge chair and spend lazy summer days in quiet contemplation or passive activites such as reading.
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