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Old 01-23-2010, 11:19 AM
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In North Raleigh/Wake Forest I am looking for running trails, paths, or even High School tracks where I can run.

I recently have had some knee issues, and running on hard (concrete) or uneven surfaces will make my problem worse. A nice asphalt path or even dirt trial would be great. I understand some of the High Schools discourage use of their tracks by the public.

Thanks for the replies.
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:08 PM
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The Durant Greenway is a nice asphalt path that can be accessed from either Leslieshire Drive (near Attingham Dr.) or Cub Trail off of Durant Rd. It is about a 3.5 mile run out and back. I usually park on Leslieshire Dr. right next to the trailhead sign. And don't let the narrow path at the trailhead fool you - once you reach the actual greenway, the path is nice and wide.

If you need a track, the Buffaloe Road Athletic Park at 5900 Buffaloe Rd. (about a mile south of the 540 exit) has a nice track that is rarely used during the day. During the winter, the gates to the park are locked around 5pm on weekdays, so you have to plan accordingly.

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Old 01-23-2010, 12:10 PM
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I joined the AE Finley YMCA. It has a nice indoor track. Very cushy. The downside is that its kind of a busy place and the track is on the perimeter of the machine room. Sometimes people are inconsiderate about being aware of others running on the track but its doable you just have to watch out for others who are not aware.


Lake Lynn Park is very nice, it consists of an ~2.25 mile asphalt trail loop with many wooden bridges. I like running here. This is the address they give for it: 7921 Ray Road Raleigh, NC 27613 but google maps doesn't map it exactly. If you google map it though, you will at least see the lake and be able to locate the streets. I park on Lynn Rd. (between Ray Rd. and Leesville Rd.) there's a parking lot there.

Shelly Lake Park is the other place, I've just located it so far but have not actually ran there yet. I think its about the same as Lake Lynn, the loop is ~ 2 miles asphalt.
Map this: 1400 W Millbrook Rd Raleigh, NC 27612-6131
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Old 01-23-2010, 01:34 PM
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IAPonyGirl's information is great! Lake Lynn and Shelley Lake are 2 very popular running trails. Durant (mentioned in my previous post) is primarily used by people that live in that neighborhood, but I mentioned it because it is so close to Wake Forest. If Shelley Lake is not too far for you, it is a great place to run because there are several branching paths. One goes to Long Street, one goes across North Hills Dr. to Optimist Park and Sanderson HS, and another will take you all the way to Crabtree Mall. Yet another branch off of the Crabtree Trail puts you at North Hills Park or Country Club Hills depending on which fork you take. You can run a different route each time and never get bored!
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