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.
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 stops at the Old Foundation, Orchid Range and Great Meadow. Tram transportation is available between April 1 and December 1 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm while Duke Farms is open (Closed Wednesdays).