Social distancing doesn't exactly mean staying in the house 24/7 — you can still find fun outdoors without being around too many people. In fact, there's a perfect spot to disappear, if you're looking to get out of the highly populated areas. There's a hidden dino park that is one of the best things to do in North Carolina, especially when there's no one around to come in contact with. 

There was once a popular dinosaur trail in Durham, North Carolina, created by Durham's Museum of Life & Science.

The Ellerbee Creek Trail built by the museum was home to the original dinosaur trail, aka Wescott's Bronto Trail.

The trail featured many life-sized model dinosaurs, but during Hurrican Fran in 1996 many of the figures were destroyed completely. 

The only figure left standing was the Brontosaurus, hence the renaming of the trail after this lone survivor. 

There is a new, official Dinosaur Trail created by the Museum of Life & Science, but this trail does not include the Bronto, who is located away from the museum. 

After the large figure was vandalized in the mid-2000s (the head was severed from the body), the local community banded together and restored it.

To keep it from becoming a target again, a chained fence was built. 

As dinosaurs are such a hit (due to a nostalgia we all feel, for some weird reason), this will be an amazing sight to see when social distancing is behind us. 

If you're interested in finding the standing Bronto (nicknamed "Steve" by Durham locals), you'll have to walk about a quarter to a half of a mile outside of Northgate Park along the west side of Ellerbee creek trail. 

If you follow the dog park at the end of the Northgate Park (down the street from the Museum of Life & Science), you'll eventually see his head popping out from the trees. If you aren't careful, it may give you a fright, so keep your eyes peeled. 


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