High Ridge Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Easy High Ridge Trail winds up 0.8 miles along a ridge from the Yates Mill County Park Millpond Trail and reconnects further around the lake. It features mixed pines and hardwoods. When combined with the Millpond Trail, it makes a 1.25 mile loop. 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
The High Ridge trail is an alternate trail off the Mill Pond Trail at Yates Mill in Raleigh. While this does go up about 150 feet in elevation, it is still an easy trail and not as nice as the Mill Pond or Creekside Trails. It goes into the woods and that's about it, no real points of interest. It was nice hiking the ridge with the leaves just popping out, as you could see over the lake and the NC State ag fields from a higher viewpoint - although through the trees. As it is only 0.8 mile point to point, if you have the time, it offers some variety if you are tired of flat hikes; if pressed for time, the Mill Pond gives you plenty (and include the Wetlands Boardwalk).