(The Triangle Trend) — We all get a bit of Forrest Gump in us from time to time. Though you may not be the biggest fan of running, there’s nothing like a nice, long walk to clear the head. Your neighborhood may suffice for a little bit, but when you’re looking for a change in scenery, this is the list you’ll need.
701 Harris Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587
6 AM – 8 PM Daily
E. Carroll Joyner Park is an abundantly peaceful place to take a walk with numerous workout stations along the path. It makes for a beautiful outing with your kids or dog, and offers a good amount of hills to walk up.
The park is beautiful, quiet, enjoyable, and has a little something for the entire family. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see deer and you’re almost guaranteed to spot a squirrel or two. The park also has plenty of farm buildings younger kids will be sure to enjoy.
There’s plenty of space to spread out (social distancing certified!), and beautiful photography spots.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Open 24 Hours
Whether or not your intention, these trails are the perfect avenue for walking a 5k, thanks to its generous distance of 1.6 miles one way (Boat Ramp to Oak Grove Church Road), making for a 3.2 miles round trip. Most will tell you this trail takes anywhere from 2 hours to 3.5 hours to complete.
A gravel lot is located at the southern end of the reservoir. The driveway to the lake is located off of Traditions Grande Boulevard near Wait Avenue. The trails are quite nice to walk on and are even great for kids. It’s consistently praised for its hiking convenience, easy access, and easy parking. It has a single track for bikes as well, though we’ll admit that it’s rather difficult to cycle due to all the turns, roots, and rocks. Fortunately, there isn’t much in elevation and you can expect some pretty level grounds.
830 Pineview Dr, Wake Forest, NC 27587
6:30 AM – 7:30 PM Daily (Dawn to Dusk)
Tyler Run Park has a huge open field, swings for different ages, picnic tables, and more! It’s conveniently located and a great place to let your kids play. They even have nice basketball courts for the baller at heart.
Amenities and features include a nine-acre park, baseball field, batting cage, basketball court, playground designed specifically for children ages 2-5, bocce ball court, picnic tables, and a greenway trail.
690 Heritage Lake Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Open 24 Hours
Smith Creek Soccer Center is a truly beautiful space, with a nice trail and an immaculately kept grass field! Their hiking trail is particularly impressive.
Amenities and features of the Smith Creek Soccer Center include a 17-acre facility, three full-size soccer fields, a playground, picnic shelter, picnic tables, and charcoal grills.
1100 N White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587
6 AM – 8 PM Daily (Dawn to Dusk)
Obviously, Flaherty Dog Park is a great place to take a walk if you actually have a pooch to take along with you. The park underwent recent innovations for new fencing, new gates, self-closing gates, a secondary entrance/exit, a fully accessible shade structure, and fully accessible water fountain with a pet fountain and jug/bowl filler.
Not only will you be able to squeeze in a great walk, but your dog will also be able to socialize and exercise in a safe environment. Dogs are also enabled to run off-leash here.
Amenities and features include a five-foot high chain link fence, paved entrance with double-gated entry, grass cover, picnic tables, water station, posted rules of conduct, and pet cleanup stations.
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd, Wake Forest, NC 27587
7 AM – 8 PM Daily
Carved out by the meandering of the Neuse River, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve sits on a U-shaped piece of land.
If you want to find some peace and quiet, Horseshoe is a good place for it. The park has trails for both walking and riding bikes. There’s a large field and plenty of wildlife around. There is a covered picnic area as well and public bathrooms.