Dog Friendly Hiking Trails in Raleigh, NC

There are 6 dog friendly hiking trails in Raleigh. Use the links below to get an overview of each one, see pictures, print directions, and even read reviews from other dog owners. Coming from out of town? Get a discounted rate on pet friendly hotels in Raleigh.

Pet Friendly Sal's Branch Trail
Sal's Branch Trail 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. See Details
Pet Friendly Sal's Branch Trail - William B. Umstead State Park
Sal's Branch Trail - William B. Umstead State Park 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 See Details
Inspiration Trail 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. See Details
North Carolina Museum of Art North Carolina Museum of Art is pet-friendly. There are 2.2 miles of trails that weave around the hilly park. Along the way, you and your leashed pup will come across a number of interesting sculptures. There are several doggie waste stations and water fountains along the trails, too. The Museum of Art is open every day of the week from dawn until dusk. See Details
Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve is pet-friendly. Hop on these awesome trails that weave through the woods in Holly springs, great for dogs! There is water and beach spots to get into the creek as well as up hill natural stairs for hiking. Canine caddies will enjoy the section that pops out into the Lochmere golf course. See Details
Reedy Creek Trail Reedy Creek Trail is pet-friendly. This trail follows Reedy Creek Rd from Umstead State Park to Blue Ridge Rd and continues on through the grounds of the North Carolina Museum of Art and Meredith College Campus, where you may spot an unusual growth of dogwood trees in bloom. Leashed dogs are welcome to join you on a stroll along this pathway through Raleigh. Dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess that is left behind. See Details
Falls Lake Trail (Mountains-to-Sea Trail) 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. . See Details
Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve Bring your pet with you on-leash for a hike through this beautiful nature preserve with miles fo scenic trails and great views. See Details
Apex Community Park Your pet will find plenty to explore at this extensive community park with woodlands, lake, playgrounds, walking trails and more. See Details
Fred G. Bond Metro Park 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. See Details
American Tobacco Trail (Durham County) 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 TrailLink.com. See Details
Company Mill Trail 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. See Details
Woodland Nature Trail 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. See Details
American Tobacco Trail 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 TrailLink.com. See Details