Inspiration Trail is a 1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, birding, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Inspiration Trail is an easy .4 mi. interpretive loop accessed from the Reedy Creek (southeastern side via I-40 North Harrison exit) in North Carolina's Umstead State Park featuring a variety of native and non-native trees described on marked signs along the path. Trees include American Beech, White Oak, American Holly, Loblolly Pine, Sweet Gum, Chestnut Oak, Ironwood (Hornbeam), Poplar, Hickory, Cedar and Mountain Laurel. Multiple benches are also placed along the route to rest and relax. The view downstream is truly inspirational in this nicely wooded path.
It's very easy to go off trail because of all the socials trails connecting to it, but a pretty side trail nonetheless.
A nice little diversion on our way back from the Company Mill Trail, the Inspiration Trail was interesting because of the descriptive tree markers along the way. Too short to really be a hike, this stroll is a nice place to rest after a six or nine mile hike via other trails. Numerous benches provide a nice respite and a place to chill among the trees. Recommend this spur loop upon return from the Company Mill trail as it only takes 15 or so minutes to walk the loop and read all of the interpretive signs.