North Carolina Museum of Art Park

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Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina Museum of Art Park is a 2.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Raleigh, North Carolina that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 180 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

partially paved

views

wild flowers

historic site

Various paved and unpaved trails that loop around and through art and nature exhibits. The Southern paved portion is the Reedy Creek Trail which connects to the House Creek Greenway Trail and is known as the scenic walking bridge that spans I-440 at Wade Avenue.

Easy walk, fun sights along the way. Weird roundabout trail so definitely just follow the red, black, or blue trails instead of this.

You have to stand over the 440 and make the semi truck honking movement with your arm to get the semi truck drivers to honk. It is rather humorous and adds to the enjoyment.

hiking
1 month ago

I have adventured all of this trail. there a little surprise trails everywhere. I love this walk. Very stimulating and a lot to look at. It is a wind tunnel outside the green way park. It’s very busy right now all the time. But one of my favorite walks. Took the bikes out the other day for the green way and phew - hope your legs can take it!

Tender legs beware, biking = increased difficulty on long portions of uphill.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Lots of space to walk but no shade on the trail itself. So much fun to see the art!

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

Family friendly. Dog friendly. Beautiful pieces of art along the way as well as natural beauty. Easy.

hiking
9 months ago

This was a nice, easy trail to hike. Most of the trail was paved with parts of it dirt. I crossed paths with joggers and dog walkers and was surprised it wasn’t more crowded at 5 PM. Perhaps the earlier afternoon thunderstorm and temperatures in the 90s were the reasons. I would definitely come back again and explore some of the side trails. It’s nice how the trail goes from open area with art sculptures into a peaceful wooded area.

hiking
Sat Mar 23 2019

Nice trails and fun taking pictures of things on the trail. Don't miss the chair up in the tree! I went before the museum opened and got a parking spot easily, but as soon as it open there was no parking so plan accordingly.

Sun Feb 03 2019

This is a trail I use on Sunday morning as I wait for Mom. It allows me to put in a 4.5 mile treck when I might not otherwise get the opportunity.

Sun Feb 03 2019

Great walk with some neat artwork. paved trail with some decent hills.

running
Tue Jan 08 2019

We continued on and did the art to heart trail. It's an enjoyable run/walk because you get some unique things to look at, and there are some solid hills in there too.

hiking
Fri Nov 23 2018

Great trail for families. Stroller, dog friendly. Fine for small children. Nice scenic art walk on the grounds of the museum.

Sat Nov 17 2018

Easy walk, good for strollers, bicycle ride, running. Modern Art work and lawn to relax.

walking
Mon Aug 06 2018

Wonderful trails with so much to see both man-made and natural. Fun to explore. Always clean and well taken care of. Beautiful area.

walking
Mon Jul 09 2018

One of my favorite places to walk. The new NCMA Park is beautifully designed and welcoming. Plenty of paths/trails to walk on even when it’s busy. And you get to look at art for free! Only issue right now is that there are no restrooms outside, so when the museum is closed there are no restrooms in the park. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.

hiking
Wed May 30 2018

Mon May 21 2018

Everything you could want. Awesome art indoors and out and trails! Loved this place.

hiking
Sun May 06 2018

Walked this trail with my family. What an amazing place. The art is beautiful and the trails are very easy. Would suggest this place for anybody with a love of art or nature.

Sat Jan 20 2018

It’s just too cool to wander this place.

walking
Sat Nov 11 2017

Good walking trail mostly paved, lots of interesting things to see.

Mon Nov 06 2017

This a place that has expanded significantly in the last decade. While it is an easy paved walk predominantly, it is the most interesting & charming city trail in Raleigh.

walking
Mon Sep 04 2017

This is a nice scenic walk. Perfect if you want to get in a quick walk or run. Great for dogs and strollers. The last sculptures are fun to look at but am surprised that the grounds aren't better maintained. Maybe that's do to the time of year? Would be ideal for post brunch or after dinner date walk.

hiking
Sat Sep 02 2017

A great place for a quick nature walk and/or picnic in the park while observing the local artwork.

hiking
Tue Jul 25 2017

Sat May 06 2017

With sculpture scattered throughout, it is a moderate short walk with access to the greenway. Beautiful any time of year!

walking
Wed Apr 19 2017

mountain biking
Sun Mar 05 2017

Had to get out during a warm winter day to bike ride from the NC Museum of Art to House Creek and Crabtree Creek greenways. The art museum is a great place to visit inside or out; always something new and interesting to ponder. Enjoy!

walking
Wed Feb 08 2017

This is one of my favorite places to go in the area. The trails and art over the landscape are wonderful.

walking
Mon Jan 02 2017

You can combine it with a visit to the museum, or just enjoy being out in the recently expanded series of picturesque trails. The outdoor art adds a unique aspect to the wonderful area. The trails also connect to the expansive greenway system.

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