Fall is in the air! Nothing is better than feeling that cool breeze in the morning during a nice long jog. One of the best things about living in Raleigh is the Capital Area Greenway Trail System. Their website totes a network of public open spaces and recreational trails which provides for activities such as walking, bicycling, jogging, hiking, bird watching, nature study, fishing, picnicking and outdoor fun.
With over 100 miles of trails to explore and greenway projects being added all the time, you could spend days and weeks checking out all of the unique features, destinations and characteristics of the area.
Looking for some cost effective activities? Check out some suggestions below:
- Take a long walk on Rocky Branch Trail to Pullen Park and go paddle boating, ride the carousel or grab lunch at Pullen Place Café where they are serving up snacks and meals made in-house with seasonal and local ingredients
- Bring a picnic basket and big thermos of hot cocoa with you to the pier at Shelley Lake via the House Creek, Crabtree Creek and Mine Creek Trails and feed your bread crumbs to the ducks
- Enjoy a nice paved walk on Abbotts Creek Trail and stop by the Great Blue Heron habitat
- Visit the N.C. State Farmers Market from the Centennial Bikeway Connector and pick up fresh local ingredients to make a fabulous meal
- Connect with your inner photographer (or get crafty with Instagram) and take some great shots on the Reedy Creek Trail located at the North Carolina Museum of Art where nature and art collide
Raleigh is filled with ongoing events, amazing restaurants and local hangouts – sometimes it is nice to take a step back and enjoy the natural beauty around us. Do you have a favorite trail or park? Let us know!
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