Q: Are tours available at Duke Farms?
There are no formal tours. Duke Farms encourages visitors to explore on their own with the help of maps and interpretive tools provided throughout the site, including more than 40 audio tours.
Q: Is the house that served as the home of Doris Duke open to the public?
The house is not open to the public.
Q: Do you allow fishing in the lakes at Duke Farms?
No, fishing is not allowed. Duke Farms' lake edges are carefully restored as habitat and fishing would be counter to these efforts.
Q: Does Duke Farms allow me to solicit my business services and products?
Duke Farms does not allow solicitation of products or services. In fact, one will see that in our Orientation Center, we do not even have a gift shop! The only things one can "take home" from Duke Farms are memories and learnings of stewardship principles.
For more information please refer to our Solicitation Policy.
Q: Is Duke Farms open all year?
The only days we are closed include Wednesdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Q: When does the assistance tram run?
The assistance tram transportation is available between April 1 and November 1 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm while Duke Farms is open (Closed Wednesdays). Please note that the assistance tram's primary use is to provide those people with disabilities the ability to traverse the property.
Q: Are bicycles allowed at Duke Farms?
Bicycles are allowed and encouraged. Cyclists may bike on 12 miles of paved and gravel lanes; bicycles are not allowed on mulched trails reserved for walking/hiking. A map of bicycle trails is available here and at the Orientation Center. Bike helmets are required for all bikeshare users.
Q: May I picnic at Duke Farms?
Picnickers are welcome at Duke Farms. Please note that campfires and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. Duke Farms also has a carry-in carry-out trash policy.
Q: May I rent space at Duke Farms for my private event?
No, we do not rent space for private events. Sorry, no weddings, photo shoots, corporate events, birthday parties, etc.
Q: Do I need to wear a bicycle helmet while riding a bike at Duke Farms?
Wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce facial and head injuries by 85%. We want you to be safe while visiting our property. From now on, we will be requiring bicycle helmets for all visitors - even if when you come with your own bicycle. For more bicycle safety information, please visit our friends at Ridewise and League of American Bicyclists.