Explore the most popular forest 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.

hiking
13 days ago

Great location with many trails for all.

on Sal's Branch Trail

14 days ago

Great trail to get out walk with nature. Get there early and it is not so busy.

Pretty flat and not too many roots at the beginning. The elevation and tougher ground starts around the loop and it was a fun length! Good start to a day

Not hard at all. Mostly paved. It would be much better of a challenge for biking. Close to the road for a good portion

This is my favorite trail at Umstead.

hiking
22 days ago

Very pretty trail.

hiking
22 days ago

Easy trail with good signage .

hiking
22 days ago

Beautiful trail with good views of the Reedy river and ruins of the mill.

22 days ago

As advertised: short but sweet! Signs along the way give info on native trees, which I found very interesting.

Too muddy felt like quick mud

Not much to look at. Cyclists all over the trail.

hiking
27 days ago

Awesome trail with lots of hills and beautiful views of lake.

Fun and easy quick hike.

it's good trials..

on Lake Lynn Trail

hiking
28 days ago

We had been at Lake Lynn Trail twice! One with our pup (each dog we encountered had a leash and dog owners were courteous) Yesterday was our take #2. Right now, hit the lake after 5:30pm, you’ll not regretted (the majority of it is shaded) It is well marked, great for families, just to have a nice stroll after dinner, or just to hike while watching the beauty of the lake (and birds) It is an easy hike.

One of my favorites.

It's a nice paved path. I only did a small section between Anderson and Lassiter mill but it's quite nice. A little muddy after all our rain but very shady.

Nice trail. Busy foot traffic. Well marked.

Really comfortable, less crowded mulch trail

nice trail with slight incline for a moderate workout. good for a technical trail run. alot is by a creek making for nice scenery

Rolling terrain. Stop at Big Lake at the power-line, really nice. Not a difficult trail at all, roots and rocks. No big steep climbs. Piedmont hike. Good to run or walk. Wear sturdy shoes.

Good little trail to get you going

walking
1 month ago

Fun, easy trail with a nice lake view

Great walking trail

Did the west loop. Nice short easy walk with a small section of hilly terrain. Well visited trail with plenty of dogs in tow (actually,owners in tow).If you just want to get out into nature without a serious workout, give this a shot.

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

Love this trail during the dog days of summer. Lots of shade and not too crowded.
Lots of roots along the path but that makes it fun! Will definitely go back again & again.

Wonderful trails with so much to see both man-made and natural. Fun to explore. Always clean and well taken care of. Beautiful area.

If you like the sound of airplanes and helicopters overhead almost constantly, a path so heavily trafficked you could drive a golf cart through it and being surrounded by people at all times this is for you. If you prefer the quiet of nature and only an occasional companion I'd skip it.

hiking
1 month ago

Good walk in the woods, some of the trail has water nearby which makes for a nice background noise.

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