State Parks Around Raleigh, North Carolina

State Parks Around Raleigh, North Carolina
As the capital of North Carolina, Raleigh has numerous recreational and cultural activities visitors will enjoy. Take in a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game, tour North Carolina State University's J. C. Raulston Arboretum, or visit the newly-renovate North Carolina Museum of Art. In addition to Raleigh's 8,000 acres of city parks, the area is also home to four state parks.

Eno River State Park

The Eno River State Park offers visitors secluded wilderness trails. Visitor can hike along the Eno River, and pass historic mills at a location just minutes from Raleigh in Durham. Five access points within Eno River State Park--Cabe Lands, Cole Mill, Few's Ford, Pleasant Green, and Pump Station--offer entry into the 3,900-acre unspoiled river environment. Campsites are available for overnight visits, and several spots are available for fishing along the trail.

Eno River State Park
6101 Cole Mill Rd.
Durham, NC 27705

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Fishing, boating and swimming opportunities are available at the Falls Lake State Park, located just minutes away from Raleigh in nearby Wake Forest. Visitors can also hike, camp and mountain bike throughout the 26,000 acres of woodlands. The Falls Lake Trail takes visitors around the south portion of the park's 12,000-acre lake. Other paths include the one-mile loop around the home of naturalist B. W. Wells, and shorter trails like the Rolling View, Sandling Beach, Beaverdam and Holly Point trails.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area
13304 Creedmoor Rd.
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

The NC Division of Parks and Recreation operates nine recreation areas around the 14,000-acre lake, including Crosswinds Campground, Ebenezer Church, Parker's Creek, Poplar Point, Seaforth, Vista Point, Robeson Creek, New Hope Overlook, and White Oak Recreation Area. These areas offer recreational activities such as fishing, boating and hiking. Picnic areas can be found throughout the park, along with campground sites. Visitors exploring the park will likely catch a glimpse of a bald eagle, since the park is one of the largest summertime homes of America's state bird.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
280 State Park Rd.
Apex, NC 27523

William B. Umstead State Park

Tucked within the city limits of Raleigh, the William B. Umstead State Park is an oasis of calm. The park offers visitors plenty of opportunities to spot birds, beavers and ducks. The park has wooded areas full of beech trees, a lake area and picnic sites. Visitors can boat and fish, hike the nearly 6,000-acre park, or even horseback ride along the trails. Rent a canoe or rowboat or reserve a campsite and stay in the park overnight. With the pine trees surrounding the park, visitors may forget they're in a city.

William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27617

Article Written By Jennifer Maxwell

Jennifer Maxwell is a North Carolina based writer. She received her bachelor's degree from UNC-Greensboro, and has taken master's level courses at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. With 10 years of professional writing experience, she has written on topics ranging from energy to entertainment, religion to travel. Her work has appeared on,, as well as in regional print publications.

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