Explore the most popular walking 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!

hiking
6 days ago

Love this trail!! Well marked and great for dogs.

hiking
6 days ago

Took the dogs and the 8 yr old on a rainy day. Had basically the whole place to ourselves. When the downpours came we were covered by trees so barely even noticed. It was a long 7 miles with the older dog and the kiddo but I along with the pup could have kept going. Quite a few roots to look out for if youre running it but a pretty easy hike, just long. It is really nice to have something do quiet and secluded right in the heart of Raleigh.

trail running
8 days ago

I really enjoyed this trail. Very well marked!! I was surprised, however, when the park didn't open until 0700.

Nice track and distance

on Shelley Lake Trail

16 days ago

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

Easy hike. Nice during the week - few people around.

hiking
17 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
24 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.

I love Umstead. this is an easy to get to trail that is too busy on weekends, but pretty quiet on weekdays. You can wander off trail and find lots of cool spots to hang out.

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
28 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!

no pets is stupid

follows a nice creek with small waterfalls and lots of chances to get close to the water.

Whoopsie...wrong trail :) Go the extra mile for the full loop. It’s worth it!

Good trail - truly moderate, light traffic on a Tuesday afternoon.

mountain biking
1 month ago

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

nice river which runs along the trail, went when the leaves were bare and it was beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

I brought my dog here and it was a super easy walk but allowed her to get plenty of exercise! It would also be a great place to go running!

The lake was beautiful...worth the hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, lots of friendly faces, and good for beginners

hiking
1 month ago

Good trail. Nice woods and paths and streams. Only caution is to know that Loblolly ends before the lake( not as indicated on the all trails map). The trail joins another that takes you further for a total hike of about 12 miles. This latter part is less well marked but worth it. Would definitely do again but plan my return time better if doing the full length as noted on the all trails APP

walking
1 month ago

Needed a short walk; went from parking lot to creek, crossed and followed a short ways then came back. Wide trail, pleasant walking, pretty views along the creek. Enjoyed.

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

Excellent afternoon on the Trails - If you have never been here, and live within an hour of the park you are cheating yourself.
The trails is really an easy trail, and the hills are small and the terrain is forgiving...

For the most part the trail is well under a canopy of trees, and the breeze was consistent.
We lived in the Raleigh area years ago, and on a weekend getaway we decided to hit this park...
And so glad we decided to change plans and hit Umstead!

You will love all 11 miles - (We also took on Sal's Branch/Loop)
There is a trail here for everyone

hiking
2 months ago

Kiosk and Warren Family graveyard on Reedy Creek Road. Misses the best part of the trail but cuts off about a mile.

Nice trail for a peaceful walk.

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