Long referred to as a "city in a park," Raleigh, N.C., offers more than 170 miles of hiking and greenway trails for energizing exploration and the best views of the area's natural scenery. Allow us to take you on a visual tour of local favorites, and if you're feeling inspired, check out dozens more here.  

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Sky's the limit at Apex Nature Park! Play a round of disc golf or catch a free concert at the amphitheatre. 

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Walk, run or hike through William B. Umstead State Park's 22 miles, meandering through the forest.

Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs offers more than hiking trails and water access—take a breather during your activity with an extensive nature library.

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With more than 200 acres to roam, Blue Jay Point County Park is a great option for those who like to be near the water, and the Go Ape treetop adventure is located right at the park. 

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Bring your fishing rod and try your luck at Harris Lake County Park.

Check out the destination's last remaining gristmill (fully restored and operable) at Historic Yates Mill County Park. Tours are available, and the park includes a 24-acre pond with trails looping around it and beyond.

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Stroll through more than a dozen commissioned works of art at Museum Park at North Carolina Museum of Art.

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The local-favorite Shelley Lake offers up two miles of scenic greenway trails around the lake.

Snap a great Instagram photo (use #visitRaleigh!), then head out on the trail at North Wake Landfill District Park.

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Check out restored farm buildings, a pecan grove and more at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of N.C.'s parks, Artify: The Arts in Parks, a series which offers artful programs, both those set in parks and those featuring park-related themes. Part of the series, Koka Booth Amphitheatre will be celebrating National Trails Day on June 4 with art, music, theatre and the North Carolina Symphony on guided walks around the lake.

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