Looking for a great trail near Raleigh, North Carolina? AllTrails has 69 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around William B. Umstead State Park or Eno River State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Duke Forest Korstian Division or Anderson Point Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 46 easy trails in Raleigh ranging from 0.6 to 30.8 miles and from 209 to 469 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!





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Sewer work everywhere. About one mile of shady neighborhood. No good.

Beautiful day. Trail is great for dog walking (I had mine), hiking and trail running.

Good. Moderate. Some elevation. Rootie.

Very well trafficked on a nice day. I took my dog- great trail just a ton of distractions. There’s a parking lot that is hard to find parking on certain times of the day.

No dedicated parking. Must park at an apartment complex. Did not go.

Under construction. No dedicated parking. Goes through people"s backyard. Did not go. Sewer line construction.

MLK Blvd. downtown. Dogs don't need leash. Did not go. 2 miles total- up and back.

Beautiful, scenic and well maintained. Not difficult but rocky and root-y - caution for runners. Mostly shady with awesome views of the lake. One of my favorite little hikes.

Started from Schenck Forest trail head , down to tunnel , then continued to Richland creek , into Umstead Loblolly, then loop back on Reedy Creek, back thru Schenck Forest . Good Trail running opportunities and since Umstead closing . Can be muddy near the creek after rains , but otherwise dry .

11 days ago

Run/walk and around Shelley Lake. 4.5 miles.

Awesome well marked trail through blue jay point county park. Lovely lake views, creek views...we saw a small herd of deer cross the trail maybe 30 yards ahead around sunset!! Highly recommend for casual hikers.

11 days ago

Lots of space to walk but no shade on the trail itself. So much fun to see the art!

12 days ago

Nice loop. Busy. 3,0 miles.

Beautiful trail along a residential section of the se section of falls lake. Nicely maintained.

14 days ago

Flat straight shot to Shelley Lake. 3.2 miles. Parked at North Hill park.

Nice loop with some small elevation gains.

15 days ago

Found way to Shelley Lake (2.3 miles) from here. 2.8 miles.

Still open as of Sunday 3/22 with signage stating that they intend to remain open! It's not a true hike by any means but a nice way to spend an hour or so walking near the water.

Still open as of Saturday 3/21! This trail has road parking so it should be a good alternative if they close other spots in town. We spotted one large banded watersnake sunning on a tree but no copperheads etc. Always a fun little trail tucked away in the middle of town :)

17 days ago

Good trail two options to get in. Heavy traffic.

18 days ago

2.0 miles. Passed the closed park.

mountain biking
18 days ago

Not a bad trail, but the majority of it is pretty much dirt roads, so not too exciting, a good amount of hills also

Delightful jaunt through the forest. Some uneven surfaces and magic bridges. Started through a fairy garden, with fanciful tree formations, then got a little more rustic. Lovely lake views.

Boring trail

The recording cut in and out so that’s why it looks spacey. Sorry! Nice trail though along the North Carolina MST trail.

One of the better MST trail sections along Falls Lake... lots of variety. Some good ups and downs with a couple of nice lake access points and some really cool trees, from a beech that looks like it is reaching out to another treee, to a huge spreading pine, to large homestead oaks. The trail to the MST campsite was pretty long and all the site has is several picnic tables, but near the lake. It's about 3.1 miles from end to end if you don't add the trip to the camp site. The prescribed burn did a good job of clearing out under the forest; we called it Bernie Woods. We found some car keys on the trail post about 1/3 mile from the Possum Track end, so if you know who lost keys they are still hanging on the post. It starts near the boat ramp. Guess about 20 people on the trail - families walking dogs and runners. Enjoy!

Nice trail would do it again. Kinda crowded.

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