Raleigh, NC Trails and Parks

Raleigh has 67 trails in the vicinity, including 46 hiking trails and 18 for walking. These trails range from 0 to 22 miles in length. The most popular trails are Umstead Park, Raleigh Trails and Schenck Forest. Trails.com member Kiona E. recently completed JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University.
  • Umstead Park

    6 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    If you want to get outside, be surrounded by trees, and just spin, then this is your place. Umstead Park offers clear, well-maintained gravel Forest Service roads throughout this thick patch ...
    •  1.5 to 2.5 hours
    •  16.6 miles
    •  Guide

    If you want to get outside, be surrounded by trees, and just spin, then this is your place. Umstead Park offers clear, well-maintained ...

  • William B. Umstead State Park

    2 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, mountain biking, and foot traffic (labeled “MUT” on the map). Three lakes ...
    •  0.6-9 miles
    •  Guide

    The park has 22 miles of hiking-only trails and 13 miles of “MUTs”—not dogs, but “multiuse trails” for horseback riding, ...

  • Durant Nature Park

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh , NC

    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 ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.1 miles
    •  Guide

    This former scout camp turned nature park is laced with trails centered on a pair of lakes. This loop hike explores the 237-acre ...

  • JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    “Plan and plant for a better world” was Dr. JC Raulston’s motto, one that he lived by. The arboretum’s eight acres contain approximately 6,000 different plant varieties from fifty-five countries. ...
    •  30 minutes
    •  0.5 miles
    •  Guide

    “Plan and plant for a better world” was Dr. JC Raulston’s motto, one that he lived by. The arboretum’s eight acres contain ...

  • Historic Yates Mill County Park

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Yates Mill Park is one of the most pristine parks in the region and is home to a breathtaking diversity of plant and animal species. Begin your hike by crossing the pond boardwalk and exploring ...
    •  2 hours
    •  2.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Yates Mill Park is one of the most pristine parks in the region and is home to a breathtaking diversity of plant and animal ...

  • Lake Lynn Trail

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh , NC

    Lake Lynn Park has so much to offer the residents of Raleigh. A community center, tennis, baseball, bocce, playgrounds, and the fabulous Lake Lynn Trail provide entertainment for locals and visitors ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.65 miles
    •  Guide

    Lake Lynn Park has so much to offer the residents of Raleigh. A community center, tennis, baseball, bocce, playgrounds, and ...

  • Lake Johnson Trail

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    This walk lets you sample the Lake Johnson Greenway, a popular greenway and park, which is part of the Walnut Creek Greenway. As a matter of fact, if you walk on a weekend, expect crowds; the ...
    •  2 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This walk lets you sample the Lake Johnson Greenway, a popular greenway and park, which is part of the Walnut Creek Greenway. ...

  • Shelley Lake Trail

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    The walk around Shelley Lake is a popular trail in the greenway system. You will see boaters, hikers, bikers, and picnickers, as well as people fishing, sunning, and strolling. So pack a picnic, ...
    •  1.25 hours
    •  2.25 miles
    •  Guide

    The walk around Shelley Lake is a popular trail in the greenway system. You will see boaters, hikers, bikers, and picnickers, ...

  • Raven Rock State Park: Raven Rock Loop

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Th is route in the southeast section of the park follows the Raven Rock Loop Trail and leads to the namesake Raven Rock, an impressive crystalline rock formation that reaches up to 150 feet high ...
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Th is route in the southeast section of the park follows the Raven Rock Loop Trail and leads to the namesake Raven Rock, ...

  • Schenck Forest

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Like Duke Forest near Durham, Schenck Forest is a university research tract. Just southeast of Umstead State Park, the woodsy 360 acres serve North Carolina State University’s Department of Forestry. ...
    •  1.2-10 miles
    •  Guide

    Like Duke Forest near Durham, Schenck Forest is a university research tract. Just southeast of Umstead State Park, the woodsy ...

  • Crabtree Creek

    1 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Crabtree Creek’s headwaters include Crabtree Creek west of Cary and several creeks starting east of Research Triangle Park. They flow into Lake Crabtree, a 520-acre flood-control lake in Cary. ...
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    Crabtree Creek’s headwaters include Crabtree Creek west of Cary and several creeks starting east of Research Triangle Park. ...

  • Lake Crabtree

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    This is an excellent beginner trail where I send any novices looking for rides in the area. It’s smooth and safe with just enough roots and humps to keep it interesting. The park management and ...
    •  25 minutes to 1 hour
    •  3.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This is an excellent beginner trail where I send any novices looking for rides in the area. It’s smooth and safe with just ...

  • Lake Johnson

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    This is another excellent in-town Raleigh ride, one that can be linked with Centennial Campus via greenways and a short bit of road riding. Ridden in either direction, you get a decent warm-up ...
    •  30 minutes to 1 hour
    •  4.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This is another excellent in-town Raleigh ride, one that can be linked with Centennial Campus via greenways and a short bit ...

  • Company Mill Loop

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh , NC

    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 ...
    •  2.5- 3.5 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This circuit hike leaves a busy trailhead then drops to a breached mill and scenic locale on Crabtree Creek. Beyond this ...

  • Loblolly Trail

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh , NC

    This loop combines one of the most scenic hiker-only paths in William B. Umstead State Park with a multiple-use trail to explore the south part of the park. First, pass a historic cemetery then ...
    •  1.5- 2.5 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    This loop combines one of the most scenic hiker-only paths in William B. Umstead State Park with a multiple-use trail to ...

  • Schenck Memorial Forest

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh , NC

    This hike explores the woods of Schenck Memorial Forest, a North Carolina State University property. You first join the Francis L. Liles Trail then come alongside Richland Creek, following it ...
    •  1- 2 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike explores the woods of Schenck Memorial Forest, a North Carolina State University property. You first join the Francis ...

  • Lake Johnson Loop

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh , NC

    This is a sizable circuit hike around a big lake at a big Raleigh city park. Popular with hikers, joggers, and other outdoor enthusiasts, a paved path follows the shoreline undulations of the ...
    •  2.5- 3.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a sizable circuit hike around a big lake at a big Raleigh city park. Popular with hikers, joggers, and other outdoor ...

  • Historic Yates Mill County Park

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh , NC

    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 ...
    •  2-2.5 hours
    •  3.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This hike not only explores historic and photogenic Yates Mill and its adjacent pond, but also nearby wetlands, tributaries, ...

  • Pott’s Branch Trail

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh , NC

    Within the heart of the capital city of Raleigh, William B. Umstead State Park has lots to offer. With 20 miles of trails, your options are endless, but the Pott’s Branch Trail is thoroughly ...
    •  50 minutes
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Within the heart of the capital city of Raleigh, William B. Umstead State Park has lots to offer. With 20 miles of trails, ...

  • Raleigh Trails

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    These are exciting times in Raleigh. With about 40 new miles of trail added in five years, the city and its greenway-loving residents are putting the finishing touches on a 117-mile system ...
    •  several options miles
    •  Guide

    These are exciting times in Raleigh. With about 40 new miles of trail added in five years, the city and its greenway-loving ...

  • Knightdale Bridge

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Knightdale Bridge is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 169 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.1 miles

    Knightdale Bridge is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 169 feet altitude. ...

  • Crabtree Valley Trail

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Crabtree Valley Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 218 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.7 miles

    Crabtree Valley Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 218 feet ...

  • Walnut Creek Trailhead

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Walnut Creek Trailhead is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is 211 feet long and begins at 247 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.0 miles

    Walnut Creek Trailhead is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is 211 feet long and begins at 247 feet ...

  • Auburn Knightdale Road Trailhead

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Auburn Knightdale Road Trailhead is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is within Randleigh Farm. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 192 feet altitude. Traveling the entire ...
    •  0.1 miles

    Auburn Knightdale Road Trailhead is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is within Randleigh Farm. It ...

  • Mingo Creek Trail

    0 Reviews

    Raleigh, NC

    Mingo Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is 122 feet long and begins at 167 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.0 miles with a total elevation ...
    •  0.0 miles

    Mingo Creek Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is 122 feet long and begins at 167 feet altitude. ...