| Hiking Trails
Outdoors In The Triangle
It's a little harder to get lost in the solitude and
wildness of nature in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, NC), but
there are plenty of opportunities for indulging in outdoor recreational
pursuits. Places to hike, bike or go for a paddle are close at hand for anyone
in the area. City, County and State Parks are liberally scattered through the
area. Museums and Nature Centers can help take the edge off of rainy days and
give a glimpse of the workings of nature. The Triangle actually offers a pretty
wide variety of natural experiences.
Eno River State Park
One nice thing about the Triangle is that the climate
allows for, more or less, year-round activity and still retains the character
of 4 distinct seasons. Spring and fall can offer superb weather and even in the
winter, there are usually some gorgeous days with bright sun and temps in the
upper 50's or into the 60's. In the summer, there are lakes, rivers and
swimming pools to cool off in. Some facilities, like boat rentals and
concessions, close from November till March or April, but most trails and
waterways remain open for traverse. During the week in the off-season you may
even get a trail all to yourself.
While researching our Triangle recreation guide, we
discovered that there are already many web pages devoted to the subject, so
rather than reinventing the wheel, we have provided links to some of the best
and tried to fill in some bare spots on our own. There are plenty of
opportunities at hand, so use these links to plan an adventure that will rest
your soul and give you a greater awareness of the natural world in the midst of
the urban landscape.
Lake Jordan mist
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Hundreds of miles of hiking trails are available to Triangle hikers and bikers.
Our hiking page points you to the trails and other details about the many parks
and recreational areas in the Triangle.
Rivers, reservoirs and smaller lakes dot the area, offering plenty of
possibilities for water lovers.
Some great museums and nature centers in the area showcase the regional flora
and fauna and provide many opportunities for hands-on learning experiences.
Other significant natural areas aren't really geared towards sporting pursuits,
but are worth checking out for their environmental value. Also, there are many
environmental organizations working in a variety of venues. Tune in to see