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I ride this trail regularly. it's busy on the weekends near the dam, but a great trail.
Bridges are well maintained, and the trail clean.

22 days ago

Flat and forested. Cool swampy feel on the sides. Really phenomenal birdwatching at the end where it juts into a marshy area of Jordan Lake. It was really pretty buggy. There was also a bit more trash than many places, but it looks like they periodically clean it up with volunteers. This is on gamelands, bit well marked at the entrance when deer season is. And no hunting on Sundays, anytime.

Unless you are using it as an access point to the neuse trail, don't bother. Too confusing and tends to be rather trashed in spots.

road biking
1 month ago

Fantastic trail to ride. From Falls lake in north raleigh to Riverwood in Clayton (and eventually further). Can't wait for the continuation. I have ridden the full length and it has many variations, spots great for the family or weekend rider all the way to challenging hills for the serious rider. It also connects to several other popular trails. Careful of some bridges as they are beginning to show some age. As I write this, they are about to start repairs on one of the bigger bridges between Buffalo park and Anderson pointe. No detour, so plan accordingly. Otherwise, enjoy. It's definitely my favorite trail in the triangle.

The trail is usually clear with bridges over wash out and wet areas. I usually take my dog with me and they have to be leashed. Lots of beautiful views of the lake. Terrain is slightly hilly but not to the point of being strenuous. Vast majority of the trail is shaded so great for hotter weather and usually the lake has a breeze coming off the water. Bring bug spray if there's no breeze the biting flies and mosquitos can be a little persistent. There are benches spread out throughout the trail to take rest breaks. Bring water for drinking there is none on the trail.

Beautiful trail, well maitained. More rest areas with bathrooms would be great.

Good trail to walk for exercise. Not a hiking trail per-se as it is paved more like a park trail, but great for walking and running. The back part of the trail near I-440 gets intense with some pretty big hills so be prepared. Great views of the lake and woods.

loved this trail. there is an elaborate narrow wood stair case to take you down to the river, where you get a good view of the rocks. saw a copperhead, deer, frogs, fish, and owls. Take all the small extra out-and-backs (to see overlooks and the fish traps). the fish traps are igneous rocks in the river used by native Americans to trap fish. it's very humid in the summer, but shaded almost the whole time. there is a lot of Creek and river water to drink along the way if you have a filter bottle.

The trail is very well maintained. I didn't see a single person, but I saw lots of wildlife including frogs, squirrels, and deer. I did this hike at dawn and saw about a dozen deer that let me walk within 15 meters of them. The entire trail is shaded with benches and garbage cans along the way for breaks. The views are okay, but not spectacular. To me this was a difficulty level and type of nature walk/day hike for a family with young kids. Also, signs have been posted NO mountain biking.

Puppy was scared of the bridge, but what a great view!

Trail is nice, good condition. Didn't see many people which meant I ended up getting a lot of spiderwebs on me. There were some annoying flies that wouldn't leave me alone and I found some ticks on my dog, but DEET spray kept them off me.

I'd recommend going on a weekend so other people can eat the spiderwebs. Pretty area and cool view of the nuclear cooling tower. Better start running if you hear the sirens go off though, hah.

2 months ago

Best sunsets in Raleigh! This is a fun jog/hike that doesn’t take much time at all. Weekends are always more heavily trafficked but that just means more dogs to pet.

2 months ago

Took the pups 5/6/18 and saw no souls but us! Smooth, clear (with the exception of a few recent fallen trees), and beautiful. The bugs are starting to come out so bring bug spray. Poison Ivy abundant next to trail. There are still two sections of planks over washed-out sections. No hunting on Sundays.

on Eagle Spur Rail-Trail

2 months ago

Not maintained too well and extremely snake-friendly. Easy hike for the family though.

2 months ago

This has everything you need for a great day / hike. Plenty of canopy cover, wide paths, good elevation for cardio, streams for your pet to drink, awesome scenery and the sound of birds and water. I highly recommend this for family outings although going alone is great too.

the paved part is right behind my house. walk parts of it everyday with the dog. the water is gross though. Dog stunk after swimming in it.

This park is beautiful and have lots to offer anybody that appreciate’s nature!

4 months ago

Lovely rocks!

5 months ago

Beautiful! Easy trail a bit harder for younger kids but works out because at the end there is a place to jump into the river. If you are looking for some fitness and fun for the summer time this is perfect and if you are just looking to get some good cardio in or nature appreciation then this is perfect.

Sort of boring except for the part that goes up the hill and through the woods. And the parking lot is easy to miss. but it's nearby for me and can be done in an hour plus.

Great trail and view!

Great day hike and good to start conditioning. It’s just a little out in the middle of no where.

5 months ago

Love to walk this trail along with fan branch to get about 5 miles. It is beautiful and not heavily populated. It is great to do with kids as there are 2 parks of off fan branch trail so the kids can play.

trail running
6 months ago

Great place for a run alone or in a group. Beautiful area and fun for any hiker.

6 months ago

I took my 6 year old son with me to do this trail and we had an absolute blast. There was still snow on the ground so it wasn't crowded like usual and made for a very peaceful hike.

6 months ago

Nice easy trail for a family outing. About 2 miles in there are 3 culverts that are in the process of being replaced. They have boards over 2 of them to cross the ditches but one of them is a bit dicey. Not impossible to cross but something to be aware of.

I found this trail back in 2005 and have hiked and biked it many times in the past 12 years. The end at the lake is one of my favorite places in the Triangle, and just before that on the left you can see the foundations of what I think is an old water tower. Incidentally the rail trail continues across the peninsula on the other side of this part of the lake. You can access that from Transis Camp Road.

Very clean and nice park. Well maintained and friendly park rangers.

we love it here!! VERY BEAUTIFUL!!

Good trail but very busy. It's nice and wide but wheelchairs may have difficulty with the second half as it's very steep. Elevation increase may only be 242ft but it does it up and down two or three times.

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