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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A Guide to Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham (30 minutes from Raleigh) 

We recently spent a few hours on a beautiful spring day walking through the gorgeous […]

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Pullen Park, Raleigh

17 Wonderful Parks in Raleigh, NC, to get to know Raleigh

We are lucky to have many excellent parks in Raleigh, and a great way to […]

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Lake Raleigh: A Hidden Gem

Talk about a hidden gem. It took us 6 years of living in Raleigh before […]

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Lake Lynn Trail, Raleigh, North Carolina

A Must Do For Nature Lovers: Lake Lynn Trail in North Raleigh

If you’re looking for some solitude and to stretch your legs on one of the […]

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Visit Historic Yates Mill County Park for Tranquility & History

I have no idea why it took us 8+ years of living in Raleigh for […]

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3 Cool Trails at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary, NC

We did a quick search on our phone on Saturday afternoon for family-friendly nature trails […]

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Biking the Art to Heart Trail (NC Museum of Art – Downtown Raleigh)

If you love exploring different areas of Raleigh on bike rides and greenway trails, we […]

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Hiking Sal’s Branch Trail in Umstead State Park (good for all levels)

When you visit Raleigh (or live in Raleigh) and love nature trails through the forest, […]

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Best fly fishing in North Carolina

Best Spots For Fly Fishing In North Carolina (+what flies to bring)

Today our blogging friend Nick from Canada is sharing his tips on where to find […]

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Hiking the Loblolly Trail

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