Week 1: Social Distancing in Nature

Many changes have happened over the past couple weeks in light of Cornovirus Disease, also called COVID-19. It is important that we all do our part to stay safe and healthy right now. The Center for Disease Control is recommending social distancing. But what does this mean? Social distancing is a way to slow down the spread of disease by limiting social interactions. There are many different ways to practice social distancing. Avoiding large gatherings, checking in with loved ones on video chat, and extending your personal space bubble are all good examples.

Does social distancing means you have to stay indoors all day? No way! At your own discretion, you can also practice social distancing in nature! Check out these cool trails in the Durham community.

1. East Campus Wall (1.7 mile) 712 Broad St, Durham, NC 27705 This loop wraps around Duke University’s East Campus and is just under two miles long. Parking can be found on the Sedgefield Street close to Markham Avenue. See if you can find the “goals” used for disc golf!

2. Ellerbee Creek Trail (0.7 mile) Ellerbee Creek Trail, Durham, NC 27704 This trail is apart of the East Coast Greenway, which stretches from Florida to Maine! Parking can be found at Edison Johnson Recreation Center. Rumor has it dinosaurs can be found on this trail… can you find them?

3. Museum Loop at Edison Johnson (0.6 mile) 500 W Murray Ave., Durham, NC 27704 This trail may be familiar if you have ever done an Adventure Walk with Bull City Fit. Parking can be found at Edison Johnson Recreation Center. Be sure to check out the Track Trails bulletin board to see a map. This board had instructions on how to log your hike with Track Trails in order to win cool prizes!

Getting outside does not have to be limited to trails! You can be active by taking a lap around your neighborhood or apartment complex. Try breaking up your stay-at-home day with a walk after lunch. When practicing social distancing in nature, please remember to….

  • Stay home if you are feeling sick

  • Avoid playground and bathrooms

  • Keep your distance from others on the trail

  • Be attentive to park closures

  • Wash your hands when you return to your home

Itching to jump into even more nature? Check out Google Maps for virtual tours of National Parks.

Weekly Challenge

Bull City Fit participants can earn their BCF Buck by sending in a video of you and your family going on a walk together! Please send videos by email to bullcityfit@gmail.com or to our Instagram (@bullcityfit). You may be chosen to be featured on our social media account!

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