Fall is fast approaching, and it’s the perfect weather to take long walks and camp out. There are many places around the Raleigh-Durham area that are ideal for new or experienced hikers, and those who want to take an overnight trip in the outdoors. Who needs the mountains when you can have a great time hiking and camping in the Triangle area!
Falls Lake offers the longest trail in the area, topping off at 23 miles of beautiful scenery all along the lake, and with 300 campsites and recreation opportunities. The lake has campsites waterfront, boat ramps, swim beaches, and activities and events for the whole family. Falls Lake is located in Durham, Wake and Granville counties, stretching over 12,000 acres. It’s the perfect place for a run or walk, even if you don’t get to run the entire 23 mile trail.
Lake Johnson is more centrally located in the Raleigh area, right off Avent Ferry Rd. With over 5 miles of scenic trails around the gorgeous lake, this is a great area if you want to spend the afternoon soaking up the sun or walking your furry friend on the miles of paved and unpaved paths. Lake Johnson also has boat rentals, launches, and designated fishing areas, as well as a pool. If you want to host a birthday party or corporate event there, they have areas for that, too!
William B. Umstead State Park
Umstead Park is the dream location for bikers, runners, and horseback riders alike! It offers a variety of different trails for all levels of athletes, with trails from under a mile to trails over 13 miles long. If you’re an equestrian, there’s a trail designated just for that, and other trails for runners, walkers, and bikers. The park also offers 28 campsites with water and restrooms located nearby, open until December 1.