View of Shelley lake on sunny day

Commune With Nature

Spend Your Day Surrounded by Nature

With mild winters and warm summers, the Triangle invites outdoor recreation all year. Pedal, jog or walk along boardwalks, paths and bridges spotting historical sites and scenic wetlands on the 25+ mile Neuse River Greenway Trail. It’s on a segment of the 1,180 mile Mountains-to-Sea Trail that traverses the length of North Carolina, and part of greater Raleigh’s nearly 186 miles of greenways. Hike through forests and nature trails at the popular William B. Umstead State Park or paddle the Neuse River Canoe Trail.

View of womans hiking boots on a forest trail
Aerial view of hot tea with lemon slice floating on the surface
  • Morning
  • Midday
  • Evening
View of womans hiking boots on a forest trail
Your Perfect Morning

Kicking Off Your Day in the Triangle

The morning starts with a visit to Happy & Hale to take advantage of an all-day breakfast menu or a delicious smoothie. After that, make your way over to the Neuse River Greenway Trail, which offers scenic views of the Neuse River, winding boardwalk areas through wetlands, historical sights, interpretive signs, and agricultural fields. For water lovers, this trail also has opportunities for canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

Your Midday Activities

Make the Most of the Sunshine

Find your escape in the heart of Raleigh at Dix Park.  Enjoy wide-open fields, rolling meadows, shady tree groves and a variety of programs and events. Map out your perfect picnic spot, take in some great views of downtown and even bring your furry friend along for a visit to the dog park!

Aerial view of hot tea with lemon slice floating on the surface
Your Best Evening

Wrapping up a Wonderful Day

Make your way to Chapel Hill for a visit to the Honeysuckle Tea House. The Honeysuckle Tea House serves as an open-air oasis, featuring farm-based beverages, highlighted by stunning views. If you’ve saved room for dessert, visit Maple View Farm for a scoop of your favorite ice cream and an unforgettable sunset.