Race training for moms in Raleigh

Top 10 Stroller-Friendly Trails in Raleigh

We are well into summer and perhaps your running out of suggestions to entertain those kiddos? One of our favorite ways to spend a morning is by going for a walk (or run!) in nature. Big kids love the opportunity to run and explore but having a little one in a stroller can make some of your favorite trails inaccessible. The next time you want to head out for a walk or run, with a friend or with our run club, consider some of these guaranteed stroller friendly trails.

Lake Johnson East Loop Trail

  • Where? Lake Johnson NaturePark

  • Distance? 2.8 miles

  • Time? Approximately an hour

This beautiful trail is open year round, is wonderful for hiking, birdwatching, and welcomes dogs on leash.

Shelley Lake Trail

  • Where? Shelley Sertoma Park

  • Distance? 2.2 miles

  • Time? Approximately 45 minutes

This mostly shaded path is beautiful and offers little corners to tuck in to and enjoy the beautiful lake view. I used to drop my oldest off for art class at the Sertoma Arts Center and enjoy a walk with the baby while we waited. Our July 15th free run/walk will be held at this park with playground time to follow!

North Carolina Museum of Art Park

  • Where? Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park

  • Distance? 1.7 miles

  • Time? Approximately 35 minutes

This is always a family favorite. We love admiring the art, enjoying the stroll, watching the pond wildlife, and finishing up by the sand pit for a snack and bathroom break.

Walnut Creek Trail

  • Where? Southern Raleigh

  • Distance? 12.7 miles

  • Time? Approximately 4 hours

Full disclosure, while this trail is technically stroller friendly, it takes a very patient kid to complete the whole thing. But a portion of it would be great!

Mine Creek Trail: Ironwood Section

  • Where? Shelley Sertoma Park

  • Distance? 2.4 miles

  • Time? Approximately 45 minutes

This is an easy, paved greenway trail conveniently located so you can escape into nature in the center of Raleigh.

South Turkey Creek Trail

  • Where? William B. Umstead State Park

  • Distance? 3.3 miles

  • Time? Approximately 1 hour

One of the many trails at Umstead Park, this trail connects the Reedy Creek Trail to the North Turkey Creek and Cedar Ridge Trails.

Crabtree Creek Greenway Trail

  • Where? Laurel Hills Park

  • Distance? 14.9 miles

  • Time? Approximately 4.5 hours

This is a fun trail to come back to because you can pick different sections every time. It can get a bit crowded at times.

Abbots Creek Trail

  • Where? Green Hills County Park

  • Distance? 5.3 miles

  • Time? Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

This trail connects the Neuse River Trail with the Simms Branch Trail and features a blue heron habitat.

Rocky Branch Trail

  • Where? Raleigh

  • Distance? 10 miles

  • Time? Approximately 3 hours

Part of the Greenway network, this trail is paved with sections of wooden boardwalk.

Raleigh Historic Oakwood Cemetery Walk

  • Where? Historic Oakwood Mausoleum

  • Distance? 1.6 miles

  • Time? Approximately 30 minutes

This is a peaceful walk through the cemetery is fully paved and has lots of different roads to explore.

FIT4MOM provides local moms and their families the opportunity to be active and explore the area together! Learn more about our Run Club and upcoming meetups and training programs HERE.