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Best trails in Apex

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Looking for a great trail near Apex, North Carolina? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around William B. Umstead State Park or Raven Rock State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Duke Forest Korstian Division or Harris Lake County Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 7 easy trails in Apex ranging from 1 to 4.2 miles and from 232 to 465 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Apex
Top trails (10)
#1 - Lake Pine Loop
Apex Community Park
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 51 m
A pretty 2-mile paved loop around a lake in Cary/Apex between Laura Duncan Road and Lake Pine Drive with lots of side trails. Apex residents (defined as those persons residing within the corporate limits,) whenever fishing, must have in their possession a Town fishing permit which they may obtain at the Apex Community Center free of charge upon showing proof of residency. Non-residents must have in their possession a Town of Apex Fishing Permit, which they may obtain at the Apex Community Center. Non-resident permit fees vary depending on age. Canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, sailboards, john boats (not exceeding 14 ft in length), and rowing skulls are allowed on the lake and must be launched from the designated launch site only. Permits are available at the Community Center. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved asphalt/concrete, smooth, and typically at least six feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated under 4%) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse the trail.Show more
#2 - Chestnut Oak and Swift Creek Loop Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 50 m
Chestnut Oak is to the left of the main trail entrance and Swift Creek is to the right. If you do not want to do steps, stay to the left. It is a well maintained, mulch covered trail with 2 beautiful lookout points over the bluffs. If you don't mind the steps, go right and you will be taken below the bluffs to another well mulched trail as well as a boardwalk. Both trails are beautiful and very well maintained. There is also an interactive nature center which is great for kids. Note that in the heat of Summer both trails are loaded with mosquitos.Show more
#3 - Forest Demonstration Trail
Jordan Lake Educational State Forest
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Park is open Monday - Friday 9-5PM, Saturdays and Sundays from 11AM to sunset, and is closed on weekends and state holidays between Thanksgiving and Feb 1.Show more
#4 - White Oak and Black Creek Greenways to Lake Crabtree
William B. Umstead State Park
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Length: 21.6 mi • Est. 9 h 30 m
#5 - Beaver Creek Greenway
Beaver Creek Greenway
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
#6 - Jordan Lake Educational State Forest
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 40 m
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area located south of Cary and Apex, North Carolina features a 14,000 acre lake and numerous activities, including hiking, boating, and camping from several access points. With almost 14,000 acres of water, all this and more is at Jordan Lake. The NC Division of Parks and Recreation operates nine recreation areas on the lake -- Crosswinds Campground, Ebenezer Church, Parker's Creek, Poplar Point, Seaforth, Vista Point, Robeson Creek, New Hope Overlook, and White Oak Recreation Area. Whether you're looking for fun in the sun or an evening under the stars, Jordan Lake offers it all. Show more
#7 - Crowder District Park Loop Trail
Crowder District Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 35 m
#8 - Haddon Hall Greenway
Apex, North Carolina
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 39 m
Note: As of May 2020, part of the greenway portion currently closed however the trail is still accessible.Show more
#9 - Ebenezer Church Trail
Ebenezer Church Recreation Area
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 25 m
#10 - Parker’s Creek
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
This is a mostly flat trail on the north side of Seaforth in the Parker’s Creek Campground area. It connects all campsites to the Jordan Lake Beach. There are some nice sections but they are not well-maintained. The trailhead is located at the closest parking area near the fee check-in station. Reference: https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/jordan-lake-state-recreation-area-parkers-creek-access-area-map.pdfShow more