What is a Healthy Mile Trail?

Healthy Mile Trails are one-mile loops marked by the image of a walker in permanent yellow paint on neighborhood sidewalks. The Partnership for a Healthy Durham first created these walking trails because residents identified their neighborhoods as the top places where they exercise in the 2011 and 2014 Community Health Assessments. These trails make it easier for Durham residents to reach the recommended 30 minutes of physical activity a day.

The first Healthy Mile Trail was created in 2012 in partnership with the  Historic Stokesdale community near the Lincoln Community Health Center. Since 2012, three other Healthy Mile Trails have been established near the Holton Career and Resource Center, McDougald Terrace and Old North Durham Park.

Current Healthy Mile Trail partners include the City of Durham, Durham County Department of Public Health, Durham Housing Authority, Durham Parks and Recreation, EDCI, Historic Stokesdale Community, Keep Durham Beautiful, Lincoln Community Health Center and North Carolina Central University.

Newest Healthy Mile Trail Route- Healthy Mile Trail at Ridgefield

The Partnership worked with the Ridgefield community to establish a fifth Healthy Mile Trail in Durham on October 21, 2017. The route will be used by neighborhood walking groups and a new GirlTrek program in the community.








Existing Healthy Mile Trail Routes








 How Do I Start a Healthy Mile Trail in My Neighborhood?

Route Requirements

A Healthy Mile Trail route must meet the following requirements:

  • The main criterion is the neighborhood must have sidewalks for a continuous mile loop since streets cannot be marked.
  • Be at least one mile loop
  • Have sidewalks the entire distance
  • Have streetlights
  • Have limited changes in elevation (to ensure it is accessible to the elderly, disabled and strollers)

Contact Partnership for a Healthy Durham Coordinator Marissa Mortiboy or call 919-560-7833 if you would like to learn more about creating a Healthy Mile Trail in your neighborhood.