Shelley Lake Trail

Shelley Lake Arts Center, North Carolina

Elevation Gain161ft
Trailhead Elevation256ft
Elevation Min/Max251/284ft
Elevation Start/End256/269ft

Shelley Lake Trail

Shelley Lake Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is within Shelley Lake Arts Center. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 256 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 161 feet. Along the trail there are drinking water, a bbq, parking, and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Lake Park Trail and Mine Creek Trail.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Raleigh-Durham (Falcon Guides)
Peter Reylek and Lauren Reylek
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"This paved loop trail is a wonderful way to enjoy nature without venturing too far from civilization. The loop takes you on a stroll around 53-acre Shelley Lake, a nesting area for hawks, herons, geese, and ducks. Distance markers and workout stations along the path make this a perfect place to go for exercise. The park offers excellent wheelchair/stroller accessibility and amenities to make a great family trip." Read more

Shelley Lake Trail Reviews

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A nice view on a paved trail. Lots of ducks and geese on the lake. I took the loop twice, making a solid 4 miles.

This was my first time there, and while I had passed by on many occasions previously, I wasn't sure exactly how big it was--the earth dam blocks the view from the street. The parking lot on Millbrook is small, but people seem to come and go regularly. It's also not that well marked--if at all--so you could easily pass by without realizing it. However, the giant earthen dam is unmistakable. It's the only such structure on Millbrook, so once you know that, it's pretty easy to find.

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Trail Information

Shelley Lake Arts Center
Nearby City
Shelley Lake Arts Center
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Center
Local Contacts
USGS Raleigh West
Local Maps

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Dec 2018