Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

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.

Meh. The loop part is around the old landfill - not much to look at. Blistering hot on a sunny day with no mature trees to shade the path. The greenway part is nice but not very interesting.

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

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

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful 6 mile loop (approximately). Shaded the entire trail. Some nice elevation gains throughout. Sounds of the flowing river in the background. We had a blast!

hiking
21 days ago

Nice easy trail for young children or pregnant adults.

Got in a quickie ahead of threatening thunderstorms. Views from bluffs along the creek are beautiful. Chain saw art is amazing. Looking forward to continuing past the stone bridge next time for the full loop.

road biking
25 days ago

The map on AllTrails is actually drew for hiking, not biking. I dont think this is a loop trail for biking. I had to turn around the same path where I came from to get back to the parking lot. But overall the ride was fun and the trail was pretty. Very well maintained trail.

it was nice. as everyone said the stairs suck. I just really felt like navigating this was a little harder than it needed to be. A few dead ends and such. I'm not great with directions either.
The creek was nice and my husband really enjoyed it. 6/10

Disagree about the "all skill levels", but is great for a weekend run or ride. Great spot for families. Connects Durant nature park.

Reedy creek trail is for bikers, only becomes interesting when on loblolly. And that trail is recommended . Wouldn’t recommend this loop

hiking
1 month ago

Great place for a walk. Trail offers variety of scenery along the way with different sections offering a different experience. Usually very crowded though.

One of my favorite places to walk. The new NCMA Park is beautifully designed and welcoming. Plenty of paths/trails to walk on even when it’s busy. And you get to look at art for free! Only issue right now is that there are no restrooms outside, so when the museum is closed there are no restrooms in the park. Hopefully that will be fixed soon.

Good trail to walk for exercise. Not a hiking trail per-se as it is paved more like a park trail, but great for walking and running. The back part of the trail near I-440 gets intense with some pretty big hills so be prepared. Great views of the lake and woods.

hiking
1 month ago

Good moderate hike for varied ages and dogs. Well marked, well traveled, and very beautiful.

Loved it! Waterfall was beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

I went with my mom and dog I loved it

hiking
1 month ago

I took my son and my dog, it was a lot of fun to hike. It was also pretty scenery, especially hiking next to the creek. It was a good 6.3 miles starting at the Reedy Creek entrance parking lot and doing the entire company mill loop - very fun!

1 month ago

Well marked trail. It pumps your heart rate up for a good work out. Pretty scenery and peaceful. Make sure you take your time to admire the creeks, and bridges.

Puppy was scared of the bridge, but what a great view!

Great day for a hike, went down Company Mill Spur from the Harrison entrance to Umstead, crossed the bridge and started the loop counterclockwise. Took the 1 mile shortcut via the Reedy Creek crushed gravel multi-use trail and rejoined the Company Mill at the top of the big hill, where there are nice benches near a historic graveyard for water, a snack and a quick rest. Nice trail for trailrunners, dog walkers, and children, seems a bit crowded on the weekends. Upon the return went over to the dam area and spotted a 5 foot long water snake sunning on a rock. Although I've been on this trail many times, there always seems to see something new to see on this trail, one of if not the most popular trail in Umstead State Park.

Beautiful spot. So near the airport but rarely heard planes. Lots of wildlife to be seen and heard. The loop was moderate as advertised. It was a welcome diversion after work!

2 months ago

Best sunsets in Raleigh! This is a fun jog/hike that doesn’t take much time at all. Weekends are always more heavily trafficked but that just means more dogs to pet.

hiking
2 months ago

Great spot to take the pups. Had tons of fun playing in the river and he got to see some squirrels as well!

hiking
2 months ago

Best 82 year birthday present ever from hiking buddy James. First time around loop counterclockwise. Back part along Sycamore Creek was a challenge. Recharged on downhill stroll back to iron bridge then huffed and puffed back up to parking lot. Thanks to all for such a treasure!

Really good workout, tackled this from the Harrison Road entrance, starting at the far end of the first parking lot to the left. Down hill to Crabtree Creek, then went clockwise up Company Mill trail to the stone bridge on the Graylyn trail, and crossed over to take the Sycamore Loop counter-clockwise and back to the bridge and back out Company Mill. Lots of trail runners, people walking their dogs, quite a bit of traffic. Came across about a six foot black snake. Trail has some good rolling ups and downs, offers a great sampling of Umstead Park.

trail running
2 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.

Nice short hike, this is half of the Sycamore Trail through the woods and along the creek and is cut in half by the Graylyn multiuse trail. The Sycamore trail is a great sampling of all Umstead has to offer and Graylyn can be used by mountain bikes, hikers and horses, mostly made up of crushed and loose gravel. What gave this a four today was the wonderful wood carving at the top of the Graylyn hill. Nice surprise. About 3 miles.

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

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