While there's certainly no shortage of beautiful places to run or walk in town, sometimes you just need a change of scenery. We asked members of our community to share their favorite day trip-able destinations for trail running or hiking, with helpful tips and everything you need to know to plan a visit. All are within an approximate 3-hour drive from Raleigh. So throw some snacks in your day pack, fill up your water, and head out for an adventure!
Uwharrie National Forest: Wood Run Trailhead Suggested by Bryan Kline
South Mountains State Park Suggested by Amy McDowell
Eno River State Park: Fews Ford Trails Suggested by Andy Chang
Doughton Park: Bluff Mountain and Grassy Gap Loop Suggested by Scott Perry
Pilot Mountain State Park Suggested by Jacob Dagger
TLC Nature Preserves: Horton Grove, Johnston Mill, & White Pines Suggested by Triangle Land Conservancy
Do you have a trail suggestion? Send us an email including: Trail/park name & location, estimated driving time from Raleigh (remember, these are day trips!), a general trail description with distance(s) and elevation, your suggested packing list, and any other fun facts or links that would be helpful to someone planning a trip. If a park has multiple trails, please include the specific location of the trailhead(s). And don't forget photos if you have them! Send information to email@example.com.
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