A new year is officially in full swing and there is no better time to get active on one of the Triangle’s many scenic and adventurous trails! Whether you’re looking to get in a good workout, in order to fulfill your New Year’s resolution, or you’re planning on a family day out, there are numerous trails for everyone of all skills levels to enjoy! So, get out and enjoy the beauty of the Triangle that each of these trails exudes!
Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area – Hillsborough
- The highest point in the Triangle! The Occoneechee Mountain is a moderately difficult climb but will bring you and your family beautiful views that can’t be beaten in the area. In total, the loop is a little over 2 miles.
William B. Umstead State Park – Raleigh
- This park is full of easy to moderately difficult trails, one of the most popular being the Sycamore Trail. It’s a best-case scenario for those who are looking for a good, long hike but without too much terrain. The 7-mile trail will wind you through beautiful environments with a perfect balance of increasing terrain.
Blue Jay Point County Park – Raleigh
- A perfect option for a family with children a little older. Fall Lake Trail, the moderate, 3.1-mile trail, is a part of the Mountains-to-Sea trail network and it will provide your family with beautiful views of the lake and natural resting points to take in the beauty.
Mountains-to-Sea Trail – Throughout the Triangle (Eno River)
- This state-wide trail offers ten miles of hiking throughout the Triangle. The four different hikes range from 2.2 to 2.9 miles but they can also be connected for a longer hike!
Eno River State Park – Durham
- There are numerous trails within Eno River State Park but the most worthwhile and challenging goes to the Cox Mountain Trail. It’s not only the longest, mapping at 3.75 miles, but it’s also the steepest. A perfect option for really getting a good workout in!
Horton Grove Nature Preserve – Bahama
- These trails are still being built up but so far there are 8-miles of easy hiking through open meadows and shaded forests.
American Tobacco Trail – Durham/Throughout the Triangle
- This trail is one of the ages! One of the most well-known hikes in the state is the 22-mile American Tobacco Trail that extends through three different counties. A part of the national Rail-to-Trails trail initiative, your family will enjoy all of the many sights along the way!
Johnston Mill Nature Preserve – Chapel Hill
- Known to be one of the best trails in the Triangle, due to its mix of scenery, this 3.5-mile trail is the perfect combination of water, meadow, and beautiful forest. An easier trail, perfect for all ages!
Bolin Creek Trail – Chapel Hill
- This trail is just about as casual as they come! In total, the paved trail is only 1.5-miles long and there are several access points throughout. It winds along the creek in the forest while going through residential neighborhoods and even a coffeehouse!
- If you combine both the red and blue loops, you’ll end up with an 8-mile, moderately difficult hike. There are a couple of challenging hills included in the red loop but nothing a motivated average hiker can’t overcome! The view of the lake vistas and the luscious forest at the top are well worth the challenge.
Lake Crabtree County Park – Morrisville
- The Lake Trail is the perfect combination of spending a long day with your family without the worry of difficulty. In total, the trail is 6 easy miles that wrap along the lake, full of footbridges and beautiful overlooks.
Enjoy all of the beauty that the Triangle has to offer this winter by taking advantage of these trails with your family, or social distancing with those you miss most!