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October
12

Biking Near Raleigh

As the weather changes, it's the perfect time to go on a bike ride along the beautiful East Coast Greenway. If you've never had the opportunity to explore the East Coast Greenway before, our real estate agents think you are in for a real treat!

Cycling is one of the best ways to enjoy nature while getting some valuable exercise. No matter where you start or end your journey, the East Coast Greenway is a unique setting for it. You'll find top-quality trails just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale.

All About the East Coast Greenway

What is the East Coast Greenway? It connects 15 states and more than 450 communities, from large cities to small towns. Stretching an astonishing 3,000 miles from Florida through Maine, its aim is to become the country's longest and safest route for cycling, walking, and hiking.

North Carolina boasts some of the best-tended and signposted trails anywhere on the East Coast Greenway, so it is the ideal place to get started with your first adventures there. There are numerous paths leading between Raleigh and or Durham properties for sale, which we'll be highlighting here.

For detailed start and end point coordinates, consult the official Greenway website.

Here's a preview of your Raleigh to Durham excursion:

  • Downtown Raleigh/Dix Park to the North Carolina Museum of Art
    Launch your journey from Raleigh, and you'll enjoy brilliant views of Cullen Park, a quick zip through the North Carolina State University main campus, and a "blink and you'll miss it" moment behind Meredith College. A short, steep hill kicks up the difficulty level a notch before you reach the first rest point, the North Carolina Museum of Art.

  • North Carolina Museum of Art through William B. Umstead State Park
    If you swing by the North Carolina Museum of Art to take in one of its world-class exhibits, the natural next step is William B. Umstead State Park. The path is only 2.3 miles – you'll spend about two-thirds going downhill before a brief uphill jaunt. Umstead itself welcomes cyclists with open arms, providing some 13 miles of trails, especially for off-road enthusiasts. A mountain bike is not required.

  • Old Reedy Trailhead to Bond Park
    Getting a start from Umstead State Park will put you in a prime position for cycling adventures courtesy of the Town of Cary, which sponsors this particular leg of the trek. You might see your way into a beloved swath of Lake Crabtree County Park and through to Cary's own Black Creek Greenway. Passing through quiet neighborhoods, it is mostly flat except for the challenging hill you'll encounter at mile 15.

  • Bond Park to the American Tobacco Trail
    If you're spending a weekend looking at homes for sale in Cary, you can also hop on the East Coast Greenway from here, heading west through the White Oak Creek area. The full length of White Oak Creek was recently enhanced with two connecting trails that made the Raleigh-Durham ride possible for the first time!

  • American Tobacco Trail to Durham
    Following the path of an abandoned rail corridor of the historic Norfolk Southern Railroad, the American Tobacco Trail encompasses more than 22 miles of trails and terminates in Durham proper. It opened in sections, beginning its story in downtown Durham in 2001. In 2014, a bridge over the interstate in Durham inaugurated the complete trail for the first time, and it's been a local favorite ever since.

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