Farm Barn Orientation Center

Visitors begin their trip to Duke Farms at the Orientation Center, housed on the first floor of the historic Farm Barn.


Place to Learn

Through displays and interactive exhibits, visitors can learn about the mission of Duke Farms and land stewardship and sustainability efforts on the property. It also is a place to find out about upcoming programs and events, pick up a map or Eco-Kit, view a short film, or stop for refreshments at the café.


LEED Platinum

The Farm Barn, which houses the Orientation Center, is an example of the adaptive reuse of a 22,000-square-foot former horse and dairy barn. It has been renovated to LEED Platinum Standards, the highest rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. To learn about the LEED components featured at the Orientation Center please visit our Built Environment page.



A small café on the first floor of the Farm Barn offers a selection of pre-made sandwiches, snacks and beverages for lunch. 


Site Access & Tram Service

From the Orientation Center, visitors can access more than 18 miles of walking trails, or 12 miles of bicycle trails.


For those who cannot walk long distances, a tram is available to provide transportation to the core area of the property with several stops within the property. Tram transportation is available between April 1 and November 1 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (Closed Wednesdays).

Hours of Operation

From March 12 to November 5, the Orientation Center and Duke Farms are open six days a week Thursday through Tuesday from 8:30am to 6pm.


Duke Farms is CLOSED to visitation on Wednesdays as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. This includes the Orientation Center and trails.  



To assist with your exploration of Duke Farms, visitors are welcome to borrow an Eco-Kit.


Each kit contains binoculars, a compass, a note pad, a pencil and a copy of the Duke Farms field guide to help you identify plants and animals. To borrow an Eco-Kit, please visit the reception desk in the Orientation Center.


Field GuidesField Guides

field guide to Duke Farms is available for you to borrow at the Orientation Center, or print from our website.

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