Shelley Lake Trail 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: 95 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

walking

bird watching

running

lake

partially paved

wildlife

Nice run.

Great day. 4.8miles.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike. Because of the wildlife and dense trees you completely forget you are in Raleigh. The usual suspects of geese, ducks and turtles showed up. However, we didn’t expect to see deer and a bald eagle’s nest.

Nice day. Shelley Lake walk/jog. knees hurt. 3.2 miles.

Run/walk and around Shelley Lake. 4.5 miles.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice loop. Busy. 3,0 miles.

running
4 months ago

busy trail. paved and good for running

hiking
4 months ago

This is a pretty standard greenway walk around a lake here in Raleigh. I live near here so it is one of our favorites.

hiking
7 months ago

Great paved trail with plenty of benches along the way. Lots of forks in the trail that lead to smaller park areas. One large loop so its great for anyone from walkers to avid runners.

hiking
7 months ago

Fun trail to just go for a walk and enjoy some wildlife. Seen a lot of deer, a few copperheads and a beaver. Not to mention all the waterfowl.

mountain biking
9 months ago

I have been back into biking for about 2 months, and I came to realize that my bike is not meant for the really rough off road trails. So, until I am able to get a better bike, my plan is to ride all of the Greenways around wake county. Today I rode the Shelly lake greenway, and a part of the trail that connects the northern tip of this trail up towards 6 forks road. Round trip it was about 5 miles and a very beautiful ride. There were other bikers and hikers on the path, but it was easy to pass when needed. This trail is great for beginners or casual riders.

hiking
10 months ago

Quick 2 mile around a lake that was mostly shaded and it’s paved. There were a good amount of people and dogs out on a Saturday mid-morning. Will return!

hiking
Tue May 21 2019

Great trail. Plenty of shade and wildlife throughout. A great biking trail.

road biking
Sat Apr 27 2019

Nice for watching wild. Snake, turtles, birds. The lake scenary is pretty.

running
Wed Apr 24 2019

Added on an out and back on the greenway to the north of the lake for ~5mi total. Pretty busy trail but plenty of room for all, easy parking and a nice setting.

hiking
bugs
Mon Apr 08 2019

hiking
Mon Feb 04 2019

A great place for a run or walk on a paved trail. Nice views on this 2+ mile wooded loop around Shelley Lake. Nicely placed park benches to rest or just take in the scenery...

running
Tue Jan 08 2019

Paved loop trail, decent for running or walking.

running
Tue Jan 08 2019

Fully paved, smooth. As you can see in the elevation profile, the sections around the dam have some quick, but short, elevation gains. Really fun. Connects to miles upon miles of greenway on both the north and south ends of the lake.

hiking
Wed Dec 26 2018

Decent trail in a city. Perfect for walking, running, biking, kids, dogs, etc.

Wed Nov 07 2018

Love this place. Easy trail with beautiful views

running
Mon Nov 05 2018

It's a good running trail.I really enjoy it

walking
Sat Aug 11 2018

walking
Fri Aug 10 2018

Lovely wooded paved trail .. beautiful loop around a lake .. nice place for a picnic date ... it connects either Raleigh greenway

Mon May 07 2018

Great trail for all level of hiker. Lots of people but beautiful. There is even an active eagles nest.

hiking
Wed Apr 25 2018

Love this trail! It’s so close to our house and my step son just loves to ride his scooter around the lake. It’s a high traffic walk but everyone is very friendly. Great for bikes, fishing, walking, having a picnic

Tue Dec 26 2017

Energetic and peaceful

Mon Nov 06 2017

Its a good walk but not the nicest of views

walking
Sun Oct 15 2017

Nice loop in the city. This trail is much less crowded than Lake Lynn.

walking
Sat Mar 18 2017

Great place to walk dogs. Wide, paved path with plenty of room.

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