Best Hiking Trails in Raleigh, NC

Handpicked Top 3 Hiking Trails in Raleigh, NC. Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. You deserve only the best!

WILLIAM B. UMSTEAD STATE PARK TRAIL

8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617

Since 1937

Hiking, Biking, Outdoor Activities, Events and Programs, Centennial, Passport Program, Nature and Parks, Camping, Trails, Fishing, Boating and Paddling, Swimming, Picnicking & Rock Climbing

Handicap-accessible trails available - Their trail networks offer easy to advanced hikes

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Mon - Sun : 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Came here for a hike over the weekend with boyfriend. If it's your first time like it was ours, go to the visitor's center and get a map. It'll be really helpful in showing you all the different trails you can go on. I liked that there were both long and short trails and you can pick one you have time for, as well as easy, medium, or hard trails. We chose the Pott's Branch trail because we wanted something more relaxing. It was very pretty (autumn colors!) and clean. It was also great weather fo
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LAKE JOHNSON PARK TRAIL

4601 Avent Ferry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27606

Since 1952

Dogs on Leash, Wheelchair Friendly, Kid Friendly, Birding, Canoeing, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain, Biking, Nature Trips, Trail, Running, Walking, Forest Lake & Wildlife

3 miles of paved greenway trails and 2 miles of unpaved trails

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Mon - Sun : 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Gorgeous. The paved trail is really conveniently located for me and makes for a perfect 3.5-ish mile walk or jog. It is such a peaceful and safe trail and a great workout even if you decide to walk it instead of run. Another plus is that it is mostly shaded so you can go in the middle of a heat wave and still feel okay. They also have great park amenities, like $5/hr kayak rentals which I love to do as well. A friend of mine also rented a shelter and hosted a picnic earlier in the summer. I def
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SHELLEY LAKE PARK TRAIL

1400 W Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612

Since 1972

Kid Friendly, Birding, Hiking, Nature Trips, Road, Biking, Trail, Running, Walking, Forest, Lake, River, Wild Flowers & Wildlife

2 miles of paved, scenic greenway trails around the lake

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Mon - Sun : 5:00 am - 10:00 pm

5 stars for Shelley Lake for sure. The trail stretches a little over 2 miles and is the perfect spot for a run, a walk with friends, to go fishing, to walk your dog, to bring your kids, or for a more intense workout circuit. And I can't forget about the beautiful lake views! There's really nothing not to like about the trail. I like to run here since the views of the lake are pretty and there's always lots of dogs to look at during the run. There's a mixture of up hill and downhill, and a lot of
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