Help keep our trails and parks open during COVID-19 by committing to social distancing. Some trails or park services may be closed this weekend so check with local authorities before heading out.
Learn more

Best trails in Cary

1,226 Reviews
Looking for a great trail near Cary, North Carolina? AllTrails has 18 great trail running trails, hiking 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 16 easy trails in Cary ranging from 0.6 to 14.8 miles and from 269 to 479 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Show more
Map of trails in Cary
Top trails (18)
#1 - Bond Park Lake Trail
Fred G Bond Metro Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(288)
Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 47 m
#2 - White Oak Creek Greenway Trail
White Oak Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(235)
Length: 14.8 mi • Est. 5 h 57 m
The White Oak Creek Greenway originates in Bond Park. It currently consists of segments of trail which extend from Bond Park to Green Level Church Road in the west of Cary. The White Oak Creek Greenway, along with the Black Creek Greenway, represent two of the Town's most important regional greenways and connect to the American Tobacco Trail, Durham, Bond Park, Lake Crabtree County Park, Umstead State Park, and Raleigh. This trail section within Cary was recently added to the East Coast Greenway which will eventually go from Maine to Florida. On the eastern end, the trail can be accessed from the parking lot at Bond Community Center or from the Bond Boathouse parking lot. A short walk leads to the Greenway Hub kiosk where the trail officially starts. From here the the greenway goes west below the dam on Bond Lake for 0.3 miles and then turns right into the woods. After about 300 feet the Crabtree Creek Greenway joins the trail on the right. White Oak Creek Greenway follows a small stream for 0.6 miles to the point where it goes under Cary Parkway. After another 0.3 miles, the trail, which is incomplete at this point, deviates to follow a sidewalk connector along MacArthur Drive to Waldo Rood and south along Davis Drive to just beyond the Davis Drive Schools. At the 0.6 mile point the trail is joined by Park Village Greenway. After 0.2 miles more you'll reach the 12-acre White Oak Park where there are amenities. From the White Oak Park, the trail goes west, crossing the busy 2-lane Jenks Carpenter Road where there is a rectangular rapid flashing beacon to enhance safety. The trail goes along the creek's edge and within neighborhoods for 0.8 miles. At NC Highway 55 there is a pedestrian underpass. From there, the trail continues to follow along a stream with considerable wetland areas for 0.8 miles to reach the pedestrian underpass at I-540, the Triangle Expressway. After the pedestrian underpass at I-540 the trail winds along close to a major wetland area. At the 0.9 mile mark, the Batchelor Branch Greenway joins the trail from the north. The trail crosses wetlands using a series of boardwalks. You'll take a left along the main boardwalk area to finish the trail which as of July 1, 2020, is officially completed all the way to the American Tobacco Trail. Accessibility: The trail surface is smooth, paved asphalt, and typically at least eight feet wide.Show more
#3 - Hinshaw and Pirate's Cove Greenways
Macdonald Woods Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(52)
Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 34 m
Loop trail using two great greenways in Cary, NC. Connecting via Greenwood Circle and Kildonan Place and Glengarry Drive, the track is an easy 2.5 mile paved loop along a couple of creeks through an oak, beechnut, gum and hickory tree forest.Show more
#4 - Swift Creek Loop Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(92)
Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 21 m
#5 - Beech Tree Cove Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(93)
Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 16 m
#6 - Chestnut Oak Loop Trail
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(57)
Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 35 m
As of August 2020 due to COVID19, the Nature Center is still closed. Show more
#7 - Reedy Creek and Rocky Road Loop
William B. Umstead State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray Star(30)
Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
#8 - Hinshaw Bridge Hinshaw Greenway
Marla Dorrel Park
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(49)
Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
#9 - 286 Trails
William B. Umstead State Park
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(35)
Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 6 h 54 m
#10 - Swift Creek Greenway
Hemlock Bluffs State Natural Area
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(28)
Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
Showing results 1 - 10 of 18