When you live in an area like Raleigh or Cary, you don’t need an expensive gym membership to help you stay fit. The Triangle area has miles of greenway trails, acres of parkland, and dozens of outdoor attractions worth exploring. Try these out for yourself!
Hike Through the Woods
Did you know you can visit the “great outdoors” without having to leave the Triangle? Our area is home to several state and local parks, each of which offers one-of-a-kind views and adventures. Plan a weekend getaway to one of these top-ranked hiking or bridle trails.
- Clemmons State Forest (Clayton, 30 minutes from Raleigh): Take a leisurely stroll on the half-mile Talking Tree Trail, or spend an hour exploring North Carolina’s scenery on the 3-mile Watershed Extension Loop.
- Lake Johnson Park (Raleigh): Whether you’re a novice or advanced hiker, you’ll enjoy the 2.8-mile paved trail and 1.5-mile natural trail along the lake.
- Raven Rock State Park (Lillington, 1 hour from Raleigh): Test your endurance on the 5-mile Campbell Creek Loop Trail, snap a photo of the Cape Fear River along the 4-mile Raven Rock Loop Trail, and hike via horseback along the 4-mile West Loop Bridle Trail.
- William B. Umstead State Park (Raleigh): Pick from over 20 miles of trails through dense woods and hilly terrain. Enjoy views of creeks along the 5.8-mile Company Mill Trail, travel by horseback on the multi-use trails, or test your endurance on the 7.2-mile Sycamore Trail.
Ride Through the Wilderness
Get your heart pumping and blood flowing with a fun bike ride. Here are a few of the Triangle area’s best biking and multi-use trails.
- American Tobacco Trail (Apex to Durham): Take a ride on a former railroad corridor past towering pine trees and Raleigh’s up-and-coming suburbs. The 22-mile trail starts near Jordan Lake in Apex and ends in Downtown Durham.
- Neuse River Trail (Falls Lake Dam to the Wake County line): Pedal just a short section of the trail or test your endurance on the entire 33-mile greenway.
- US Bike Route 1, Carolina Connection (Warren County to Laurinburg): You don’t have to complete the entire Maine-to-Florida bike trail, but you can ride on a portion of the US Bike Route 1 trail in the Triangle. Hop on the Graylyn Trail in Morrisville, Cary Parkway in Cary, or Salem Street in Apex to access it.
Find a Home Near Outdoor Amenities
Are you planning to buy a home in the Triangle this year? It’s easy to stay active when your neighborhood has outdoor amenities! Whether you want a home near community trails or a home near Falls Lake, we’ll help you find your ideal location.
Call us at 919-810-2203 and we’ll show you available homes near outdoor destinations you’ll love.