On foot travel in the area is subject to the humid subtropical climate of Durham, North Carolina. Hot, humid summers can make walking at the height of the day stressful. You may choose to walk your dog during cooler periods and plan shady spots to rest. Durham can be rainy with thunderstorms in the spring and summer, so be aware of storm forecasts and avoid inclement weather. Winter can yield snow, so a warm jacket and good footwear for chilly, snowy, winter days will be required to enjoy your daily walk with your pooch all year round.
The area has apartment and townhouse complexes, a college, schools, and churches, all with landscaped properties. There are some large, single-family, two-story character homes in the area as well. Residential properties are lushly landscaped with lawns, shrubs, and large trees. The area around the residential properties is heavily treed, undeveloped natural area and these areas have a very 'country' feel with developed commercial areas nearby. Here, you can get the best of both worlds!
To the southwest, the New Hope Bottomlands Trail provides a 2-mile trail loop around a river and natural area. Your canine buddy must be kept on a leash to access these trails. In addition, the New Hope Bottomlands Trailhead can be accessed at Githens Middle School.