Dog Friendly Trails in Raleigh, NC

There are 16 dog friendly hiking trails in Raleigh, NC. Use the links below to get an overview of each trail, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners.

Sal's Branch Trail

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Sal's Branch Trail is an easy, 2.75 mile hike that will take about 1.5 hours to complete with Fido. This park is a nice retreat for city dwellers to run, fish, picnic, boat, bike, and hike. Bikes are not allowed on this trail, so you will have plenty of room to stay by your pup. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Inspiration Trail

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Inspiration Trail is an easy 0.6 mile hike in William B. Umstead State Park office that will take about 20 minutes to complete with Fido. This lovely little trail is great if you are in a hurry or if your pup doesn't do well on longer hikes. You won't have to worry about bicycles or horses, since this trail is limited to foot traffic. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Sal's Branch Trail - William B. Umstead State Park

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Sal's Branch Trail is about 2.7 miles long and located near Raleigh, North Carolina. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1 hour or less. The Sal's Branch Trailhead is located directly behind the visitor center on the highway 70 entrance to William B. Umstead Park. There is a very pretty lake (man-made) about halfway through the hike. Difficulty: Moderate•Length: 2.7 miles / 4.3 km•Duration: 1-3 hours•Family Friendly • Dog Friendly

Fred G. Bond Metro Park

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This beautiful 310-acre park is an oasis in the midst of the city that includes trails, a lake, and a boathouse. Pets are very welcome and even have their own drinking fountain. The park is open 7:30 AM to sunset daily.

Apex Community Park

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Your pet will find plenty to explore at this extensive community park with woodlands, lake, playgrounds, walking trails and more.

American Tobacco Trail (Durham County)

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The American Tobacco Trail (Durham County) is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Durham! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the American Tobacco Trail (Durham County). Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6016401">TrailLink.com</a>.

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

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Bring your pet with you on-leash for a hike through this beautiful nature preserve with miles fo scenic trails and great views.

Eagles Spur Rail-Trail

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The Eagles Spur Rail-Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Durham! The map below shows a trailhead where you can pick up the Eagles Spur Rail-Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6015038">TrailLink.com</a>.

Buckquarter Creek Trail

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Buckquarter Creek Trail is an easy, 1.5 mile hike in Eno River State Park that will take about 1 hour to complete with Fido. This park is wonderful throughout the year with its options for camping, picnicking, canoeing, and fishing. However, the best time of year to visit is fall, because it offers opportunities to escape other parks that allow hunting and to take in the beautiful colors of the changing leaves. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Company Mill Trail

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Company Mill Loop is a moderately easy, 5.8 mile hike in William B. Umstead State Park that will take about 3 hours to complete with Fido. This hike starts at the same trailhead as the Inspiration Trail, but offers a longer more scenic adventure. Enjoy the serenity of the horse and bike free trail as you wind through its woods and cross over the refreshing creeks. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Falls Lake Trail (Mountains-to-Sea Trail)

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The Falls Lake Trail (or Mountains-to-Sea Trail) is a moderately easy, 5.4-mile hike in Falls Lake State Recreation Area that will take about 2 hours to complete with Fido. This trail is only open to foot traffic, so you won't be sharing the trail with mountain bikers or horses. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet. .

American Tobacco Trail

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The American Tobacco Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Apex! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the American Tobacco Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6166865">TrailLink.com</a>.

Woodland Nature Trail

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Woodland Nature Trail is an easy, 0.75-mile hike in Falls Lake State Recreation Area that will take about 40 minutes to complete with Fido. Make sure to pack some food to enjoy before or after your hike at Picnic Area 1, located right by the trailhead. This trail is bike free and offers beautiful color with blooming flowers in the spring and changing leaves in the fall. Sandling Beach is closed November 1 through March 15. Please note that dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet.

Louisburg Bike Trail

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The Louisburg Bike Trail is one of 1600 rail-trails supported by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that is working to create a nationwide network of trails from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Previously an unused railroad corridor, this "rail-trail" is now a great place to walk Fido in Louisburg! The map below shows a parking area with convenient access to the Louisburg Bike Trail. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has generously provided map data for this trail to Bring Fido for informational purposes only. For more detailed trail information, please visit <a href="http://www.traillink.com/viewtrail.aspx?AcctID=6181890">TrailLink.com</a>.

Eno River State Park

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With nearly 28 miles of trails, Eno River State Park provides hours of fun and adventure. Choose from trails that follow the Eno River or that take you deep into the forest. Dogs are allowed on all trails, but must remain leashed.

Raven Rock State Park

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Hike through the hardwood forest of Raven Rock State Park with your dog. The park has five trails ranging from easy half-mile loops to longer five mile loops. Please keep dogs on a leash at all times.