Best Walking in North Carolina

This list represents the most popular walking in North Carolina. Use this list to plan your next North Carolina walking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Duke Forest


The Duke Cross-Country Trail and Fit Loop is a popular recreational facility, and once you walk on this beautiful trail you will understand why. You will enjoy this trail almost any season of the year…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Durham, NC - Walking - 3.7 miles BestWalking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Shelley Lake Trail


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, grab…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 2.25 miles
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#3. Lake Johnson Trail


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 picnic a…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 3.5 miles
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#4. Duke University and Sarah P. Duke Gardens


Two memorable sights await you on this walk, one of which is Duke Chapel. Its soaring spires and English Gothic architecture will make you think you are in Old-World Europe rather than modern-day Nort…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Durham, NC - Walking - 1.5 miles
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#5. City Scenes - Raleigh


Raleigh is a beautiful old Southern city possessing a friendly, relaxed style people from the South, as well as others, have come to value. Simultaneously, the city is comfortable with its growing rep…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 1.3 miles
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#6. Tar Heels and Franklin Street, Chapel Hill


Come walk America’s oldest state university campus. As you walk down Franklin Street and along the campus streets, you may learn why many alumni, friends of the university, citizens of the small town,…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Chapel Hill, NC - Walking - 4 miles
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#7. Blue Jay Point Nature Walk


The focal point of this park is environmental education. When you add the natural beauty of Blue Jay Point County Park with its hardwood and pine forests, gently rolling hills, and large grassy fields…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 0.75 mile
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#8. Research Triangle Park


The park has no singular focal point. Instead, it looks just like its name: beautifully landscaped grounds with green lawns and natural settings. Buildings are nestled in pine groves, often fronted by…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Durham, NC - Walking - 6.5 miles
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#9. Raleigh Historic Neighborhoods


History as well as grand homes await you on this walk through Oakwood and Mordecai Historic Park. In addition, you can take a short 1/4-mile side trip through Oakwood Cemetery, rich in Civil War histo…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 1.5 miles
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#10. Gardens and Shopping - Raleigh


This walk wanders through old Raleigh neighborhoods, Raleigh’s most popular park with its unique carousel, several gardens, and one of Raleigh’s preeminent shopping areas. Special attractions: Pullen…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 6.25 miles
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#11. Capitol Walk - Raleigh


Your walk will take you around the capitol grounds called Union Square. Here you will relive moments in North Carolina’s history and see statues of some of the state’s notable leaders. In addition,…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 1.5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. JC Raulston Arboretum, North Carolina State University


“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. More…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 0.5 mile
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#13. Wolfpack Walk, North Carolina State University


The largest university in the state, North Carolina State University was founded in 1887. If large urban universities intrigue you, yet you find it difficult to get a grasp on their campuses, this wal…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 2 miles
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#14. Durham City Sights


Durham, a city set in the center of a state in the hot South, is surprisingly cool looking, even when temperatures climb. Abundant trees in downtown—particularly on Main Street—and small urban parks,…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Durham, NC - Walking - 0.8 mile
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#15. Bull Durham


Durham Athletic Park was the home of the Durham Bulls baseball team for fifty years and is home for the Durham Braves baseball team and the Durham Dragons softball team. The park has had a colorful pa…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Durham, NC - Walking - 2 miles
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#16. Government and Museums - Raleigh


You can spend an hour or a day in either of the museums on this walk. The museum of history offers a wealth of information about the history of North Carolina and its people. The museum of natural sci…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Raleigh, NC - Walking - 1.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Campus and Shopping - Durham


If you enjoy city traffic, college campuses, museums, eclectic shops, and restaurants, this walk is for you. Busy sidewalks take you past two unique shopping areas: Brightleaf Square and historic 9th…
From the guidebook "Walking Raleigh / Durham"
Durham, NC - Walking - 2.8 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. McAlpine Creek Greenway Loop


This route begins at McAlpine Creek Park, Charlotte’s first official green space, about 11 miles southeast of Charlotte’s city center. Along this trail and in the vicinity you encounter tennis courts,…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Charlotte"
Charlotte, NC - Hiking, Trail Running, Walking - 1.9 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#19. McAlpine Creek Park: Pond Loop


This shorter route through McAlpine Creek Park follows a section of the greenway and loops around a nice pond. The trail runs in very close proximity to Ray’s Fetching Meadows, a leash-free dog park,…
From the guidebook "Five-Star Trails: Charlotte"
Charlotte, NC - Hiking, Trail Running, Walking - 1.4 miles
Published by Menasha Ridge Press