While collecting our 15 Best Hikes in the Triangle, we noticed several that seemed perfect for families, with a mix of easy hikes, lively scenery, picnicking and playgrounds.
That Makes Sense Interpretive Trail, Horton Grove Nature Preserve, Durham. Print out a scavenger hunt list from the website and fill it in as you follow the signs explaining how all animals, including people, use their senses to observe, navigate, and survive in the world around them.
Bolin Creek Trail in Chapel Hill is an easy, paved 1.5-mile trail that starts at Community Center Park on Estes Drive, which has a playground.
Little River Regional Park and Natural Area in Durham has a group campground, picnic shelters, an open-play meadow, and a playground. There are some nice short trails for hiking and also mountain-biking trails.
While looking for the best link to the Riverwalk in Hillsborough, we ran across this great post by a mom that gives all the details a parent would most like to know before setting out to visit. Shout-out to the “stir-crazy mom”!
Along with playgrounds and inexpensive rides, Pullen Park in Raleigh also has paved walking trails suitable for a stroller.