Explore the most popular mountain biking 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.

Everything you could want. Awesome art indoors and out and trails! Loved this place.

Great trail to clear the mind!

Nice track and distance

on Shelley Lake Trail

15 days ago

Great trail for all level of hiker. Lots of people but beautiful. There is even an active eagles nest.

hiking
16 days ago

Walked this trail with my family. What an amazing place. The art is beautiful and the trails are very easy. Would suggest this place for anybody with a love of art or nature.

hiking
23 days ago

Easy hike through the woods with negligible elevation gain/loss. Took the side trail to get closer to the lake, the only exposed portion of our hike. You're walking along the power lines so not the prettiest view but I love being around any body of water so still worth it. No change in mileage to take the side trail to the lake instead of staying on Sal's Branch. The side trail will take you to the boat launch before the trail turns back to Sal's Branch. Good if you want a quick hike when you do not have a lot of time.

the paved part is right behind my house. walk parts of it everyday with the dog. the water is gross though. Dog stunk after swimming in it.

hiking
27 days ago

Love this trail! It’s so close to our house and my step son just loves to ride his scooter around the lake. It’s a high traffic walk but everyone is very friendly. Great for bikes, fishing, walking, having a picnic

Loveee this trail! You see so many cool things along the way! Worth it and quite a work out!

mountain biking
1 month ago

For a beginner mountain biker, The tree roots are terrible and too much foot traffic

The lake was beautiful...worth the hike.

Super Trail -
Easy on the body, might even recommend it for almost anyone!

The area is quiet, and the cover is thick for the most part, and we stayed cool and comfortable!

You'll love it

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful park but this trail is not “hard” difficulty level. The path is a very level and wide sand and grave path like a road; although there is a lot of elevation to traverse it does not require much thought or effort and feels rather domesticated.

hiking
2 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Tough trail run. Always makes you want to come back for more

It’s just too cool to wander this place.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, easy hike! Trail was quiet, weather was awesome! A great place to walk around.

Hill Training!

the first half was basically a road. it was very quiet for being so close to Raleigh. my kids (13, 10, 5, & 3) rocked it! the last mile was mostly uphill.

Energetic and peaceful

Good trail but very busy. It's nice and wide but wheelchairs may have difficulty with the second half as it's very steep. Elevation increase may only be 242ft but it does it up and down two or three times.

hiking
5 months ago

lovely on a fall day! easy wooded trail

I cycle here and I really enjoy it. it's nice to not worry about traffic.

walking
5 months ago

Nice walk, only did the Centennial Greenway portion. Well marked, however it is best to park at the farmers market and access it from there.

This trail feels more like a walk in the park than a hike. This trail does have a lot more natural terrain than the other loop. There are some nice views of the little lake. Not much incline or challenging areas, but a great place to escape for a little bit that's close to Downtown Raleigh.

Good walking trail mostly paved, lots of interesting things to see.

This a place that has expanded significantly in the last decade. While it is an easy paved walk predominantly, it is the most interesting & charming city trail in Raleigh.

Convenient walking/exercise for quick access, but usually busy, sidewalk sidewalk experience in the woods.

6 months ago

Its a good walk but not the nicest of views

mountain biking
6 months ago

pretty area. more up and down than I expected. broad gravel trail.

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