Oak Rock Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately 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, camping, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Oak Rock Trail is an easy 0.6 mile interpretive loop trail located in Umstead State Park near Raleigh, North Carolina. The trail is accessed from the first parking lot on the left past the Visitor Center on Umstead Parkway. The trail features native and non-native trees marked with interpretive signs as well as an old dam crossing and an Oak Tree growing out of rocks, and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Great teaching trail for children.
Short but really interesting love the way it intertwined with the creek, though the wigwam is a little Blair witch.
Hiked as part of a trio of loops on an overcast day, the short Oak Rock Trail did not disappoint. The interpretive signs were very interesting, as will help you identify trees that are common around NC. The Oak Rock tree is also quite interesting as the tree's roots have surrounded the adjoining angled rocks. Trees included oaks, sassafras, dogwood, ash, beech, hornbeam (ironwood), pines, sourwood, hickory, and redbud. There was one area where a tree had fallen across the path, had been cut through, and was quite muddy, but a nice log was placed across to challenge you to cross. Great hike for kids, but watch this spot or they will end up in a mud bath.