Nature & Outdoors

Raleigh is a great city for nature and outdoor adventures with plenty of lakes, greenway trails, parks, gardens, playgrounds and more!

mystic waterfall in Mt Michelle Garden

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 ...

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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Why Lake Johnson Is Our Favorite Lake In Raleigh (Walk, Kayak, Relax)

When we first moved to Raleigh back in 2004, we lived right on Lake Johnson ...
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Don’t Miss the Beautiful Raleigh Rose Garden (Free & Open 365 Days)

Tucked away off Hillsborough Street near the main campus of NC State University, the Raleigh ...
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Hidden Gem Near Raleigh: Paddling Robertson Millpond Preserve

Your first thought upon arriving at Robertson Millpond Preserve will be, “are you sure there ...
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Don’t Miss The Bond Lake Park Loop Trail

I’ve said it many times, one of our favorite things about living in the Raleigh ...
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Don’t Miss Bond Lake Walk at Fred G Bond Metro Park, Cary

I’ve said it many times, one of our favorite things about living in the Raleigh ...
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