Nature & Outdoors

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Raleigh offers endless opportunities to bask in the beauty of nature and embrace the spirit of outdoor exploration.

One of our favorite things about living in Raleigh is that it feels like we live in a forest. It is called the City of Oaks for a reason.

It's so easy for you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and reconnect to serenity. (Well let's be honest, Raleigh doesn't hustle and bustle too hard!)

From tranquil parks to greenway trails, our curated guide to nature and outdoor activities will help you find ways to unwind.

Paddle on calm lakes and hidden wetlands, breathe in the fresh pine-scented air, and immerse yourself in the lush greenery that surrounds Raleigh.

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All Nature & Outdoor Articles

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Brews, Burgers, & Greenway Views: A Fun eBike Tour with Triangle Adventures

We’ve been saying for years, Raleigh needs some good tours – preferably on bikes that […]

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17 Wonderful Parks in Raleigh, NC (To get to know Raleigh)

We are lucky to have many wonderful parks in Raleigh. Since Raleigh is such a […]

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A Visit to Juniper Level Botanic Gardens, Raleigh: Exploring Botanical Wonders

Alright Raleigh, I’m sure many of you have never heard of the Juniper Level Botanic […]

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Hiking the Company Mill Trail, Umstead State Park

It’s easy to see why the 5.8-mile looped Company Mill Trail is one of the […]

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Welcome to Dorothea Dix Park: A Guide to Raleigh’s Urban Oasis

Hey Raleighites! Are you looking for a dose of green tranquility right in the heart […]

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Learn about the History + Future of Dorothea Dix Park (on a FREE guided walking tour)

Did you know that Dorothea Dix Park runs free guided walking tours every second Saturday […]

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9 Best Places To Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Raleigh, NC 

One of our favorite things to do on a good weather’s day to appreciate the […]

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Guide to Visiting Umstead State Park: Activities + How to Get There

Located conveniently between Raleigh, Cary, and Durham in Wake County is the beautiful William B. […]

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Garden Lover? Don’t Miss JC Raulston Arboretum (5,000+ plants)

If you love gardens, plants and trees, don’t miss the nationally acclaimed JC Raulston Arboretum […]

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Hiking the Loblolly Trail

Don't miss one of our favorite trails in Umstead - the Loblolly trail 


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