Explore the most popular birding trails near Apex with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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20 days ago

Paved greenway between Kelly Road and Apex Jaycee Parks along Beaver Creek, through wooded flood plains and alongside and through neighborhoods. Can be underwater in spots after heavy rains and some areas get muddy. Moderately crowded with dog-walkers, bikers and trail runners.

Trail section at Jordan Lake Educational State Forest, the facility has an amphitheater, shelter, and several state buildings, not to mention a rescue helicopter. The trail has several muddy spots, and tracks along fingers on the lake through the working forest. Good trail running if dry, and has some campsites along the trail behind the shelter near the lake. Is open only Monday through Friday 9-5PM, Saturdays and Sundays from 11AM to sunset, and is closed on weekends and state holidays between Thanksgiving and Feb 1. It is a short walk from the park entrance to the trails if closed.

2 months ago

Lots of shaded area.

Great place for a peaceful walk. Nice wooded and paved trails. Nice ppl and a great dog walking spot.

Nice, easy trail and that is very accessible and will look nice in the fall. Great for kids!

4 months ago

Awesome easy trail, lots of wildlife, paved trail, great lake views.

5 months ago

Wonderful little hike on a paved trail around a small pond and park area. Recommended for all levels.

on Lake Pine Loop

5 months ago

Great trail for everything from hiking, running, and family walks. 2 mile paved loop, with a nice dirt trail close to the lake.

heavily trafficked and difficult to maneuver around pedestrians. Pro is that there is a lot of dogs. Khan is that everything smells like pee LOL

Nice hike mainly in the shade which helps with the summer temps. Be careful of the slick wooden steps. All in all great hike

Really fun trails with cool things to see. I never realized that we had such high bluffs in central North Carolina. The trails are covered with mulch which makes me a little nervous about snakes, but we didn’t run into any today. Lots of signage with information about the nature and science of the place which was really interesting to read about. We’ll be back to visit.

7 months ago

Nice 2 mile paved trail around the lake. The trail itself is easy and wide enough for passing foot track and bicyclists. It has restrooms and offers scented doggy bags through the trail. I have found it to be most busy in the morning into the early afternoon with joggers and swift walkers. Best time I've discovered to go with less traffic is around happy hour, apparently priorities change in NC as the day goes on :) Its a great trail if you want a glimpse of wildlife. I've seen deer, otters, loons, cranes, and turtles near the bank. It also has a couple of nature trails off of the paved trail if you're one of those, as I am, who desire to take the path less traveled.

One of my fav spots

Nice hike. Loved the shade since it was 90 outside

Beautiful spring time trail run just after a rainy day! Chestnut Oak and Swift Creek trails combined equal about two miles if you add the Beach Cove lookout. This is a perfect beginner trail run as the trail is extremely well maintained and consists of arborist wood chips and wood planks where the trail would normally be wet. The Chestnut Oak trail is the longer of the two and provides a nice rolling terrain with a modest climb up from the creek. This connects to the Swift Creek trail with consists of 105 steps down the bluff to the creek with a flat loop that brings you back to the steps. There are a hand full of platforms that provide as good a view as you can get from the heart of Cary, NC! The nature preserve office is open until 5:00 PM but the gates remain open until 8:00 PM. There are nice bathroom facilities and even a nature education area for the kids!

I highly recommend this trail if you are looking to blow off some steam on a shaded, moderate run!

A gorgeous walk through the woods! All the trails at Hemlock Bluffs are well maintained and offer both easy and more challenging walking. Beautiful flora and fauna throughout. Highly recommend!

Beautiful natural area just a couple of miles from bustling commercial area in Cary. Extremely well maintained with frequent sightings of deer, squirrels and other native species. A tranquil oasis if you time it right but relaxing walk even when others are around.

10 months ago

Nice and mostly shaded trail around the lake. Not too crowded on weekdays.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

vert easy paved trail. Good to take a leisurely walk around the lake. Good views of the lake and wildlife.

Monday, November 06, 2017

Good for kids & dogs. paved trails around small pond, plus around playground and ball field. my favorite was the short side trail, Cooper's Hawk dirt trail past tiny amphitheater. if you want exercise, you'll have to do several loops. yes facilities

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

pretty wooded area close to town. a few inclines but mostly easy. dirt trail.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

The trails are great. The steps however are terrible. Would give it a higher rating without steps. Should be mentioned in the description.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

I combined both of these trails with the Beech Tree Cove and West Hemlock Overlooks. All the trails are very well maintained and great for families, especially when combined with the nature center.

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Super easy. Paved as well as natural trails with gorgeous views. Typically pretty busy, though, regardless of the time of day.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

great place to hike and for nature programs

Monday, September 25, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017

A little disappointed about the longest trail (I followed the signs that simply said "trail"). Wide and well kept forest trail, but I had expected to actually see the lake and get to the water. Only a distant peek at the water now and then, no direct access to the lake (I had a 3 yr old in tow who was not in for detours). No one on the trail on a Thursday morning.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Nice place. Great for kids.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Great easy walk

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