Well-rooted and enhanced business infrastructure can assure your own growth as an entrepreneur, but it might leave you stressed out. However, the Research Triangle Park area in North Carolina is not all about successful companies and job-oriented education system. It offers a way for the stressed-out souls to unwind. How? Through nightclubs and entertainment centers, perhaps? Yes, the RTP has all that, and much more. If, like the many residents in this part of the world, you love nature, then the hiking trails will intrigue you. And, if you live in one of the comfy apartments near RTP, you can easily enjoy new activities in a natural setting. What better way to drive off stress than re-connecting with nature? That is what the RTP area offers— a healthy, refreshing, and natural way of stepping out from the fast-paced everyday life.
Don’t run for your hiking boots yet. At least, not before you have checked out what some of these hiking trails have on offer for you.
William B. Umstead State Park
It is a beautiful and huge (5,599 acres) park located in the middle of the RTP area, making it easily accessible to those who find natural environments calming. There are three lakes in here for you to take a pause in between hikes. This park offers more than 20 miles of trail for hiking and activities. If you are afraid of getting lost in the wilderness, there are trail markers to keep you on the right track. Plus, most of the trails intercept each other to give a newbie more security. Hiking trails are strictly off limits for horse and bike riders. So, no surprises there!
Here are a few popular hiking trails in the William B. Umstead State Park:
- Company Mill Trail
- Loblolly Trail
- Multiuse Trails
- Inspiration Trail
The trails here can be as short as 0.60 miles and as long as 13 miles. So, if you are new to hiking, you should consider keeping your first few sessions with nature short. So, pick a weekend and get out of your apartment to find yourself in the middle of nature.
Al Buehler Cross Country Trail
The far-stretching scenic route here leads straight up to the Duke University Campus in RTP. The primary part of the trail is 2.9 miles long, but you can always go for the additional seven miles stretch. This trail is maintained by the Office of the Duke Forest for the betterment of the community. If you love to supplement your hiking experience, exercise would be a great choice to go for. Surprisingly enough, Al Buehler Cross Country Trail has an exercise station complete with pull up bars, balance beams and more. So, whether it is competitive training, running, walking or family outing that interests you, this pretty trail can serve up the best experience you ever had with nature.
Sandy Creek Trail
The Sandy Creek Trail is a part of the North/South Greenway, which serves as a natural platform to keep air and water streams in the RTP area clean. The land used as the trail was once a sewage treatment facility. But now this 10 foot wide and 0.65 miles long trail follows the Sandy Creek, and offers more than a few 'wow!' moments. If you are a bird watcher, then this is where you want to be. However, being too close to the Sandy Creek, heavy rain often leaves this trail muddy. So, watch your footing and slow down a bit in muddy areas to stay safe.
The many hiking trails in the RTP area makes unwinding in the lap of nature easy. And living in one of the apartments near RTP is like having your very own recharge button in your hands. All you need to do is pick a day and make it great.