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5 Parks Perfect for Hiking in the Triangle

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Summer has us ready to lace up our boots and enjoy the beauty around us! Now you may be wondering.. hiking in the Triangle? There’s no need to travel to find great hiking trails, when we’ve got these parks right in our backyard. Check out these parks with trails perfecting for getting your hike on in the Triangle!

This is the biggest and probably the most well-known of our hiking spots. Umstead State Park has over 20 miles of hiking trails plus 13 miles of multi-use trails. Check out the full list of the park’s trails here. Not only can you spend the day enjoying the beauty of the park, but you can keep the fun going all night by staying at one of 28 campsites. You can even stay at a primitive campground for a more rugged experience!

🗓 Daily | 8AM—9PM

📍8801 Glenwood Ave

The Eno River State Park. is a hiker’s paradise. The park has tons of trails for all different types of hikers. Check out their trails brochure for a full breakdown of their hiking trails! Need time off the grid? Spend the weekend in the park backpack camping and really feeling one with nature.

🗓 Daily | 7AM—10PM

 

📍6101 Cole Mill Rd

This park on a lake is serving up all the views this summer. The Lake Crabtree County Park features 2 hiking trails and a multi-use trail. The Lake Trail is perfect for anyone looking for a longer hike, this one’s 6 miles! Or check out the Old Beach Nature Trail which features a self-guided environmental education experience. In between trails, venture down towards the coast to view the gardens, play volleyball, or fly a kite!

🗓 Daily | 8AM—Sunset

📍 1400 Aviation Pkwy

Fun fact: this park used to be a solid waste landfill and was converted into a park in 2010. But the truly unique thing about this park is the multi-use trails. The trails are designed for both mountain bikers and hikers—and don’t worry, the rule is wheels yield to heels—plus a designated hiking trail! Our path of choice is def the Top of the Hill Trail where hikers climb to 469 feet above sea level for amazing views of downtown. You can also pack a lunch to enjoy at the picnic area at the peak!

🗓 Daily | 8AM—Sunset

📍 9300 Deponie Dr

With 174 acres of nature, this park is perfect for hikers, families, and outdoorsmen alike. Historic Yates Mill County Park features 3 different hiking trails. The Mill Pond trail is about a mile for beginner hikers, the Creekside Trail is 1 mile and of moderate difficulty, and lastly the High Ridge Trail is just under 1 mile (but can be extended to a 1.25 mile loop) but is strenuous enough for advanced hikers. After the hike. enjoy the gardens and have a picnic in the shelter!

🗓 Daily | 8AM—Sunset

📍 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd

Let's Get Hiking!

Get out and explore the outdoors at your favorite triangle hiking trails and don’t forget to  tag us on social when you are enjoying your favorite trails in the area. And if you’re looking for other things to do check the UNATION app and our City Guide.

Anna Brescia

Anna Brescia

Anna is a blogger for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Raleigh City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Raleigh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinRaleigh on Instagram and Facebook.

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