The Best Hikes near Raleigh

Lauren Bogz at Blue Ridge Parkway
Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke County, VirginiaBlue Ridge ParkwayRoanoke County, VirginiaTotally worth the additional 2 hours home...Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke County, VirginiaBlue Ridge ParkwayRoanoke County, VirginiaBlue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina searching for tunnel trolls....Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock State ParkStokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock has trails to waterfalls and rock outcrops overlooking mountains and the piedmont. There are 18 miles of hiking trails and access to...Parking for Lake Crabtree and Umstead Park, Cary, North CarolinaParking for Lake Crabtree and Umstead ParkCary, North CarolinaThe Company Mill Loop is 6 or 7 miles. The first part is a little harder than the actual loop that starts after the bridge. There's not a lot to...Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock State ParkStokes County, North CarolinaGreat hike and the amazing views are well worth it.Hanging Rock State Park, Stokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock State ParkStokes County, North CarolinaHanging Rock has trails to waterfalls and rock outcrops overlooking mountains and the piedmont. There are 18 miles of hiking trails and access to...Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke County, VirginiaBlue Ridge ParkwayRoanoke County, VirginiaTaking a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be one of the most memorable drives you have ever been on in your life. With miles and miles of...Lower Cascade Falls, Stokes County, North CarolinaLower Cascade FallsStokes County, North CarolinaGreat place to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Only about 30-40 minutes from Winston Salem and about a 10 minute hike to the cascades....Raven Rock State Park, Harnett County, North CarolinaRaven Rock State ParkHarnett County, North CarolinaThere's a trail that starts to the left of the visitor center parking lot. It's 5.5 miles and a little more strenuous than others. If you venture...Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve, Cary, North CarolinaHemlock Bluffs Nature PreserveCary, North CarolinaMy favorite Cary spot for walking. The preserve has several beautiful trails. You're right in the middle of Cary, but you feel completely secluded.Ayr Mount, Hillsborough, North CarolinaAyr MountHillsborough, North CarolinaHome built 1815 by William Kirkland. House tours 12$. Trail walk to Eno river free.Raven Rock State Park, Harnett County, North CarolinaRaven Rock State ParkHarnett County, North CarolinaGreat place for a hike.Olde Mill, Carroll County, VirginiaOlde MillCarroll County, VirginiaAn early morning tee off at the Olde Mill course, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway near Meadows of Dan, Va.Mill Mountain Star, Roanoke, VirginiaMill Mountain StarRoanoke, VirginiaRoanoke is still one of my favorite small cities. You can escape the traffic and buildings and hike up to the star in an afternoonBlue Jay Point County Park, Wake County, North CarolinaBlue Jay Point County ParkWake County, North CarolinaThere are several very short loops (less than half a mile), or you can get to the longer Falls Lake Trail, which connects the shorter loops. We...Durham, North CarolinaDurhamNorth CarolinaThe American Tobacco Trail is a 22 mile hiking / biking trail which runs through Durham and Cary, NC. A great place to ride in the city without...
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