COVID-19 Update:  Duke Gardens has begun a phased reopening, with phase 1 limited to Duke students, faculty & staff with a Duke ID, timed ticket and symptom monitoring. We do not have a date for phase 2 at this time. Read more here.

This decision is in keeping with Duke University’s policies aiming to minimize health and safety risks to the Duke community and beyond, and to encourage social distancing to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This temporary closure includes all indoor and outdoor areas. When we have a phase 2 reopening date, we will post it here and in social media in advance of the date.

Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming visitors again in the future.

All information is subject to change on short notice. See more updates and advisories from Duke University at




Welcome to our visitors with physical challenges.

Duke Gardens is located in a ravine and was designed, for the most part, decades ago, so there are many changes in slope throughout the gardens. Some path slope changes exceed the 5 percent standard set by the the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Some areas have steps, and some paths with loose gravel may be difficult for people who use wheelchairs.

Before entering the Gardens, please be sure to stop by the information desk in the Doris Duke Center for a map that shows the most accessible routes among the Gardens' 5 miles of allées, walks and pathways. We have improved our accessibility considerably in the last few years, including the entry allée, and we will continue to make the Gardens increasingly accessible and enjoyable for all visitors. 

Labels of various plants and foliage are easily visible. There are shaded benches throughout the gardens, as well as drinking fountains in the Blomquist Garden, at the Fish Pool, in the Charlotte Brody Discovery Garden and in the Doris Duke Center.

Duke Gardens does not offer wheelchair rentals. However, we do offer trolley tours, as well as walking tours. Please see our tours page for more information.

We hope you enjoy your visit.