Simms Branch Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Raleigh, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Simms Branch flows along Durant Nature Preserve, which was formerly known as Camp Durant, headquarters for the Occoneechee Council of the Boy Scouts. In 1979 Raleigh purchased the land from the scouts and turned it into a nature park. The park has lots of amenities and programs. Five miles of trails explore the park's 237-acres. You can hike along Simms Branch, through hardwood and pine forests, past wildflowers and ferns, through wetlands and alongside two lakes. Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails only when trail surfaces are dry. The trails do have some muddy spots and some big roots but nothing hard. The bike trails form a figure-eight, and signs let you know what trails are ok for bikes. Tying the off-road trails together with a ride along the Raleigh Greenway/Simms Branch trail make a nice bike ride.
great trails for running, hiking or just walking the dog. close to everything many options to get extra miles or mixing up the trips.