Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Raleigh with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Too muddy felt like quick mud

Lovely little walk around the lake. Visiting from out of town and loved the historical information I learned at the parks information center.

trail running
4 months ago

This trail shows up on Google but it probably shouldn't. Even the Raleigh Parks website doesn't go into detail with a description or a trail map other than the words "unpaved". Starts as a decent grass trail near PNC. Once you cross the road, it get's pretty rough and very muddy. Last time I ran, you had to go under an overpass but the water was high enough that you couldn't cross without getting soaked.

no pets is stupid

If you like well maintained trails you wont like this. It goes from grass to gravel to paved to ??? ( walk thru a culvert) to dirt. Then you have to ford a creek. But I'm an adventurous sort of person and enjoyed that. If you are into microfishing this is awesome!

walking
10 months ago

Nice walk combined all three trails at Yates Mill Pond for a total of 3 miles.

11 months ago

It’s ok. Not challenging; no dogs allowed

walking
11 months ago

Worst marked trail ever, example nice foot bridge or hog path. Foot bridge takes you to housing area with no way to get back on the trail, hog path is the trail. If you are not familiar with the area go someplace else for your walk.

Definitely a strolling area for families w young children or adults beginning exercise. No pets allowed

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Did this last weekend. Beautiful hike with a great photo option at the mill. Perfect little hike for families.

trail running
Sunday, August 13, 2017

This is a beautiful trail, a little overgrown, but takes you on a little journey of discovery. The serenity of the forest overcomes you. The traffic noise and airplane sounds seems like distant hums. The trail splits one too many times so you have to watch for the white blazes on the trees. I have run the Umstead Loblolly Trail but could not find the connector to Schenck Forest once I get to Reedy Creek. I finally found it by starting the run from Schenck Forest. It's about 2.5 miles to get to the sign (State Trail Ends Here) in the Umstead SP Loblolly Trail. Returning back, I lost the trail somewhere where the silt covered it and ended up on the middle instead of the perimeter Richland Creek Trail. All the more reason to come back and experience the forest once again.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

it's a great family friendly pet free trail. You don't have to worry about dog ____ everywhere due to bad owners and is generally paved and maintained for the watermill and areas. This is more or less a family trail over wilderness trail with pets

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

Perfect casual stroll.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

This is a dense forest run by NCSU. Some short trails that take you through some old growth, some dense pine thickets, and along streambeds. Interesting signage along the way tells you about the forest and what goes on. Good training ground for forestry. Trail needs some maintenance as the markers are in disrepair, plus the trails are not well marked. There is a faint white blaze but that is also the blaze used on the Richland Creek trail, which parallels the edge of Schenck Forest. The Richland Creek Trail is a bit more interesting and we combined the two to make a nice little 3 mile loop.

hiking
Sunday, January 29, 2017

Nice winter day and wanted to explore near home. Richland Creek trail connects to Schenck Forest and Umstead's Loblolly trail. The whole area is part of NC State's forestry teaching program. We could see where the water line was during Hurricane Matthew, made quite a mess. This trail will be really muddy after any rains. We saw a grey fox and went under Wade Avenue through the long wet tunnel. Combined with the Frances L. Liles Loop trail to get in about 3 miles. Not a bad hike, but not great either.

Monday, November 07, 2016

very paid to play type of trail, almost more worried about grooming and legal issues than keeping it natural. short and lots of snakes on the trail.

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

Beautiful easy walk around the lake, historic mill and many wildflowers in the spring.

hiking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Trail is not clearly marked. I ended up following the creek path, because it was the only thing that resembled a trail. Very creepy feeling. You could tell that it was beautiful once upon a time, but everything looks abandoned. It'd make an excellent Halloween trail.

hiking
Thursday, October 06, 2016

This trail was great, my wife and kids and I all had a great time. A lot to see and explore.

Monday, September 05, 2016

What kind of trail doesn't allow dogs?! This is a worthless park.

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

Enjoyed my hike on the Creekside Trail. Went on a Sunday afternoon in July, and only encountered one other person while on the trail (plenty of people are on the the trail around Yates Mill Pond). Not the most scenic of trails, but was lucky and saw some wildlife including two plain belly water snakes, a fawn, and lots of turtles. I'm a novice hiker, so it took me about 2 hours to go out and back, but I also went slow after I almost stepped on a water snake in the early going. Trail was clearly marked for the most part, and only time I wasn't sure which way to go was when the loop started, so it worked out well. The NC State farms are visible most of the hike.

walking
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Walked the trail with wife and kids. Great time and very beautiful!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

i enjoy this park. great places to relax and see nature. trails are good. the one around the lake is easy and flat, but the creekside trail is my favorite. consists mostly of 2x4 planks over swampy marshland, always quiet and peaceful. nice for an interesting, contemplative walk.

walking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

good

hiking
Monday, January 25, 2016

What kind of hiking trail only allows service animals? What gives? If I could give it zero stars I would

Saturday, January 02, 2016

No pets allowed....I think the dog may be even more bummed than me!!! Looks like a cool spot but what hiking trail isn't pet friendly??!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Great family hike.

hiking
Friday, July 24, 2015

Hiked with my kids, my youngest was in a stroller and I didn't have a problem pushing it. Enjoyed the couple benches along the way the sit and enjoy the area.

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

The High Ridge trail is an alternate trail off the Mill Pond Trail at Yates Mill in Raleigh. While this does go up about 150 feet in elevation, it is still an easy trail and not as nice as the Mill Pond or Creekside Trails. It goes into the woods and that's about it, no real points of interest. It was nice hiking the ridge with the leaves just popping out, as you could see over the lake and the NC State ag fields from a higher viewpoint - although through the trees. As it is only 0.8 mile point to point, if you have the time, it offers some variety if you are tired of flat hikes; if pressed for time, the Mill Pond gives you plenty (and include the Wetlands Boardwalk).

hiking
Sunday, April 05, 2015

Beautiful day at Yates Mill county park; started out the Mill Pond trail across the Wetlands Boardwalk to the flat Creekside trail, which is an out and back with a short loop at the end. While you see more of the NC State agricultural fields than you do a creek, there are swampy areas with cool boardwalks through them. Good trail for trail running. Yates Mill is definitely worth a visit if you live in Raleigh and surrounding area.

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