Category Archives: Outdoors / Landscapes

Croatan National Forest

While down at the coast recently we visited part of the Croatan National Forest which is right at the Bogue Sound, and straddled by the mouths of the Neuse  and White Oak rivers. The area we visited was the Cedar … Continue reading

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Fort Macon State Park

On a recent visit to Atlantic Beach, NC , we drove a few miles to the east end of the Bogue Banks to Fort Macon State Park. The main feature of the park is the preserved historical fort, built of … Continue reading

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Prairie Ridge Ecostation

The Prairie Ridge Ecostation is an outreach of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.  It’s located in Raleigh off of Reedy Creek Road and can be accessed along the greenway that leads west across Blue Ridge Road from the North Carolina … Continue reading

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William B. Umstead State Park

Umstead State Park is located right outside Raleigh between interstate 40 and US 70. It’s a quick drive, even better, a moderate bike ride from downtown Raleigh along the greenway system. I’ve visited Umstead Park many times, but only recently … Continue reading

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Durham Skatepark

After a client meeting a few weeks ago in Durham I went over a few blocks and checked out the downtown skatepark. I was really impressed, both with the quality of the concrete park, the creativity, and the location right … Continue reading

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Marsh Creek Skate Park

Having just turned 40, I decided it was time to step back on the skateboard and risk injury at the municipal skate park. The City of Raleigh’s Marsh Creek Skate Park is a really nice all concrete park with a “street” … Continue reading

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Walnut Creek Greenway Trail

I bicycled from my house to the Walnut Creek section of the Raleigh Greenway system last week. I picked the trail up off of Lake Wheeler Road near the State Farmer’s Market. The greenway trail, as always, is a fun … Continue reading

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Harris Lake County Park

We visited Harris Lake County Park last weekend. This is a Wake County park located 22 miles south of Raleigh in New Hill adjacent to the Shearon-Harris Nuclear Plant. There is a floating dock for fishing and an area to launch … Continue reading

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North Wake Landfill District Park

Today I visited a park that was once a landfill, unabashedly called “North Wake Landfill District Park“. I remember dumping truckloads of junk in this landfill years ago as I was renovating my house, and besides being grown over with … Continue reading

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JC Raulston Arboretum

The JC Raulston Arboretum on Beryl Road in Raleigh is a nice spot to visit for a walk and a gander at the many plant species: Formal gardens, whimsical paths, shaded trails, and vegetation spanning from tiny flowering plants to … Continue reading

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