Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill  by Johnny Molloy

Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill Guide Book

by Johnny Molloy (Falcon Guides)
Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill  by Johnny Molloy
With their backdrop the rolling Piedmont of central North Carolina, Triangle hikers can immerse themselves in the capital region’s forests, hills, lakeshores, and river valleys laced with hiking trails. Occoneechee Mountain, west of Durham, has far-reaching views, while the Historic Occoneechee Speedway presents one of the most unusual and scenic hikes anywhere, as trail trekkers trace a track from the inaugural 1949 NASCAR race season. Farther east the New Hope Creek watershed has several trail-laden nature preserves and parks within its bounds, from Duke Forest properties to state game lands. Duke Forest presents a disparate yet collectively large parcel of land offering still more green space and trails—and some superlative scenery blending the hills and hollows of the Piedmont. North Carolina State is represented with a hike at Schenck Memorial Forest, one of their properties memorializing one of the first scientific foresters in the United States.

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Trails from the "Best Hikes Near Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 40.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.

A walk on the southernmost segment of this long rail trail will leave you wanting to explore the entire thing. This portion starts in southern Wake County and crosses the expansive wetlands of Beaver ...
Apex, NC - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 2.8
Set on the shores of scenic Falls Lake, this trail-laden park offers a fun loop hike using the long-distance Falls Lake Trail combined with other shorter nature trails. Your circuit hike leaves the in ...
Raleigh , NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.9
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This loop sightsees throughout the entirety of Cary’s Fred G. Bond Metro Park. The 310-acre park has multiple offerings for Triangle residents, including hiking trails integrated into the natural and ...
Cary, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
The destination not only has great trails, but also fine facilities for hands-on learning about forestry and the Piedmont environment. Plan to spend extra time enjoying the facilities, in addition to ...
Clayton, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
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This trek starts at the Cole Mill area of Eno River State Park. Wander upland hills before dropping to the river at the Bobbitt Hole, a large pool. Next, head downriver, enjoying miles of riverside gr ...
Durham, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
This circuit hike leaves a busy trailhead then drops to a breached mill and scenic locale on Crabtree Creek. Beyond this popular spot the trek climbs a ridge then drops to visit Sycamore Creek before ...
Raleigh , NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.8
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This fun loop at the Fews Ford area of Eno River State Park takes you through lands high and low. Leave the main parking area and dip to a swinging bridge and the effervescent Eno River. Work up and ...
Durham, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
This former scout camp turned nature park is laced with trails centered on a pair of lakes. This loop hike explores the 237-acre preserve from head to toe. From the park office you head to Lower Lak ...
Raleigh , NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.1
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Take a walk on the Piedmont’s forgotten rail trail. Set in the southernmost reaches of New Hope Creek, the trail follows the old Eagle Spur train line through game lands its entire distance. Traverse ...
Durham, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.6
This hike starts at Durham’s historic West Point on the Eno Park, then heads up the Eno River where you meander along a scenic corridor to Guess Road. From there backtrack a bit and climb into hills, ...
Durham, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.9
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This pair of short loops wanders through the heart of Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, on the shores of Jordan Lake. Leave the often lively swim beach area and join the Ebenezer Church Trail. Visit th ...
Apex, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.9
This trek starts at a riverside trailhead and uses the Laurel Bluffs Trail to climb bluffs above the Eno River. From there descend to river bottoms and reach Eno Quarry. Here you can explore three bod ...
Durham, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.2
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This hike starts at the recreation hub that is the Falls Lake Dam tailrace area. Here adventurers can fish the tailrace, paddle the Neuse River, bicycle the Neuse River Trail greenway, and, of course, ...
Wake Forest, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7
This hike explores the shoreline of Falls Lake at Rollingview, a unit of Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Leave the main trailhead and roll through woods. Traverse firemanaged pine lands, coming to ...
Wake Forest, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.1
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This trek on Falls Lake explores relatively remote terrain. Leave Boyce Mill Road then descend to alluring Laurel Creek. Beyond the waterway rise to find an old homesite with several barns and structu ...
Wake Forest, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.4
Explore this first-rate preserve harboring unique Piedmont habitat, now nestled in the heart of Cary. A kid-friendly nature center presents programs that enhance the well-marked and maintained trails ...
Cary, NC - Birding,Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 2.4
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This is perhaps the most unusual hike in this book. Here you can walk the only original speedway left from the inaugural 1949 NASCAR racing circuit, now on the National Register of Historic Places. ...
Durham, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.7
This hike not only explores historic and photogenic Yates Mill and its adjacent pond, but also nearby wetlands, tributaries, and hills on well-marked and maintained foot trails. The nature center here ...
Raleigh , NC - Hiking,Trail Running - Trail Length: 3.5
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This hike starts at the historic Piper-Cox House of Eno River State Park. Leave the homestead then traverse an aquatic wonderland en route to a former mill, much of which is intact. Your return trip n ...
Durham, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
Explore a large tract of land featuring varied habitats overlain on one of the largest and most historic plantations in the Piedmont. Your hike first takes you through ecologically significant prair ...
Durham, NC - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
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