Creekside Trail is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Creekside Trail is an easy 2.0 mile RT out and back with a short loop at the end. It could also be called the field side trail as it travels more beside NC State's fields and over some swampy area more than beside a creek. Mostly flat, it is accessed from the north end of the Wetlands Boardwalk. It travels along the Steep Hill Creek floodplain and uses several footbridges and boardwalks across the swampy, muddy areas. When this was posted, they were currently repairing and adding several boardwalk areas. The centerpiece of the 174-acre park is Historic Yates Mill, which is the last operable water-powered gristmill in Wake County (more than 70 water mills once existed in the area). The Mill and the property surrounding it were purchased in 1963 by NC State University. The Mill was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was restored to working order through a grassroots community effort by 2005. The park was developed by, and is managed through, a partnership effort among Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space, NC State University, and the non-profit group Yates Mill Associates (YMA). The University owns the property while Wake County operates, maintains and interprets the park including the 20-acre Mill Pond, and YMA operates and maintains the Mill. The park opened to the public in May 2006 and hosts about 100,000 visitors per year. Source: http://www.wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/Pages/information.aspx
Enjoyed my hike on the Creekside Trail. Went on a Sunday afternoon in July, and only encountered one other person while on the trail (plenty of people are on the the trail around Yates Mill Pond). Not the most scenic of trails, but was lucky and saw some wildlife including two plain belly water snakes, a fawn, and lots of turtles. I'm a novice hiker, so it took me about 2 hours to go out and back, but I also went slow after I almost stepped on a water snake in the early going. Trail was clearly marked for the most part, and only time I wasn't sure which way to go was when the loop started, so it worked out well. The NC State farms are visible most of the hike.
Beautiful day at Yates Mill county park; started out the Mill Pond trail across the Wetlands Boardwalk to the flat Creekside trail, which is an out and back with a short loop at the end. While you see more of the NC State agricultural fields than you do a creek, there are swampy areas with cool boardwalks through them. Good trail for trail running. Yates Mill is definitely worth a visit if you live in Raleigh and surrounding area.