Top Places To Enjoy The Outdoors In Raleigh And Surrounding Areas

You’ve been waiting patiently for the weekend to come around, Saturday morning is finally here and it’s beautiful out.

Want to make the best of the weather but aren’t sure what to do? We did a little digging so you don’t have to!

Just check out the parks and lakes listed below, you’re bound to find a way to spend some quality time outside, and burn some calories while you’re at it!zipline

Go Ape Zipline & Treetop Adventure (Raleigh) – Feeling adventurous? this park features 5 zip lines, rope ladders, canopy tours and some exciting crossings such as  the “Log Swing, Spider’s Web, Double Stirrups, Apple Picker’s Ladder and  2 Tarzan swings ”

Neuse River Greenway Trail (Raleigh) – With scenic views of the Neuse River, winding boardwalk areas through wetlands, historical sights, interpretive signs, and agricultural fields.

kayakUmstead State Park (Raleigh)-  Your perfect spot to picnic in the pines, to wait for a fish to bite, to take a hike or horseback ride on trails through the woods.

Lake Johnson Park (Raleigh) – Have some fun in the water! Rent a canoe, kayak, jon boats and pedal boats. Fish from the boardwalk or hike and bike on the trails!

Shelley lake (Raleigh) – Featuring 2 miles of paved, scenic greenway trails around the lake.

Lake Lynn (Raleigh) – This lake has 2.8 mile greenway trail around it, making it a great place to walk , bike and hike.

Lake Wheeler (Raleigh) – With jon boats, row boats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats available for rent, and some great fishing spots, you’re bound to have some fun on the water!

Lake Crabtree County Park , Morrisville – Located adjacent to a 520-acre flood control lake, visitors can enjoy outdoor opportunities including mountain biking, fishing, boating, picnicking and hiking.running

Eno River State Park (Durham) –  The park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky stream bed. Great for hiking, picnicking, canoeing, camping, fishing, and more.

Blue Jay Point Country Park (Raleigh) – Features play areas, also great for hiking, fishing, picnicking.

Jordan Lake (Apex) – Tons to do here! Perfect for boating, stand up paddle boarding, camping, fishing, hiking, picnicking, swimming, and muchpaddle-board more!

Fred G. Bong Metro Park (Cary) – A 42 acre lake with a 310 acre park. Athletic fields, picnic areas, fishing, amphitheatre, 1 1/4mile fitness trail, 5 miles of hiking trails and trail connectors to Cary Greenways (Parkway and Oxxford Hunt Greenways).. Boat rentals available, and even a Challenge “Ropes” Course!