Best Hikes in the Raleigh and Triangle Area

hikes in the triangleReady to hit the trails? If your family is looking for a great place to hike, you’re in luck. The Triangle has some great trails criss-crossing through our area. Lace up your hiking boots and get started with some of these family-friendly trails. Not sure which is right for your family? We’ve arranged them from least-strenuous to most:

  • American Tobacco Trail. Part of the Rails-to-Trails program, these trails are converted railroad routes. What does that mean to families? Flat, wide trails that are perfect for strollers, bikes and comfortable walking.  Although the plan calls for over 22 miles, parts of the project are still under development. However, you can still hike through the City of Durham and the counties of Durham, Wake and Chatham.
  • Clemmons Educational State Forest. Over in Johnston County, families shouldn’t miss the trails in this great forest. Filled with trails, self-guided tours and exhibits, Clemmons was the very first educational forest in North Carolina (there are now seven). Check out the “talking rocks” trail or its sister, the “talking trees” trail for a fun way to learn about the environment.
    Want to live nearby? Click here for available homes close to the forest.
  • Hemlock Bluffs. For trails that are easy for even the young kids to handle yet interesting enough for the older kids, head to Hemlock Bluffs. Crossing over and around Swift Creek and past a unique bluff of Canada hemlocks (unusual in this area), this set of trails – about three miles – are perfect to escape summer heat.
    Want to live nearby? Click here for available homes close to the bluffs.
  • Harris Lake County Park. Great for everyone from the stroller set to the experienced outdoor family, Harris Park offers trails that range from perfectly flat (and short) to five miles of gently rolling hills on the lake shore. What’s more, your family can bring mountain bikes and ride on the extensive bike trails or hit the flying disc course that winds through the trees.
    Want to live nearby? Click here for available homes close to the park.
  • Raven Rock State Park. If your family is seeking an adventure that makes you feel as if you’ve driven over to the mountains, check out Raven Rock.  The Fish Trap Trail is a descent to the Cape Fear River – perfect to cool your feet. If you’d really like an adventure, check out the Raven Rock Loop Trail that takes you to the river, too – but also to the massive rocks themselves, rising 150 feet in the air and stretching a mile along the river. Creep under them, scramble over them – or just take in the awesome beauty of nature in the Triangle.
    Want to live nearby? Click here for available homes near the park.

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