With the Fall weather always staying warm, you have countless options for outdoor activities in this area. As you have seen since moving to your new home at Knightdale Station, there are many parks and trails both in Knightdale and just up the road in Raleigh, too. Other outdoor activities gaining popularity in the area have been canoeing or Kayaking in Raleigh. In this post, we will look at five spots here locally that are ideal. to grab that canoe or jump in that kayak and go!
Now, during the current situations that we are all having to forge through, there are many local bodies of water that normally would offer canoe or kayak rentals. However, due to restrictions, there are some that are not offering these services currently. However, if it is paddling you seek, rest assured, you can still go Kayaking in Raleigh at the locations we list below.
Kayaking in Raleigh: Keeping it in the City
As with all of our recent posts on the incredible amenities in the city of Raleigh, sometimes “borders stretch. What we mean by this, is yes, the post is titled “Kayaking in Raleigh,” however we take a look at all spots in the surrounding Raleigh area as well. This way, we can find you, at your new home in Knightdale, the closest points to enjoy all the great tastes, sounds, and feels the Raleigh area offers.
Accessible on the south side of the gorgeous Centennial Campus at NC State University, Lake Raleigh is a popular spot for Kayaking in Raleigh. This is a 75-acre lake that is surrounded by a protected forest, making the surrounding scenery incredible. There is a fishing pier and boat ramp at this location. Thus, any non-motorized craft is welcome including canoes, stand-up paddleboards, and kayaks.
Lake Crabtree County Park
An amazing place that we have covered for other incredible amenities they offer. Lake Crabtree County park was the first established county park in Wake County. This place is filled with outdoor activities and never disappoints. The 520-acre lake is where we focus for our Kayaking in Raleigh, just be sure to launch from the designated area. On a side note, and one that’s somewhat patriotic, if you are lucky, you might spot a bald eagle, as two have been verified as nesting here in years gone by.
Neuse River Canoe Trail
It seems that each of our entries for Kayaking in Raleigh has some unique quality to it. That’s because they do! The Neuse River Canoe Trail is no different as it is the longest river that is contained entirely within the state of North Carolina. This popular spot for canoeing and Kayaking in Raleigh actually has five access launch points along the 17 miles of the river. This allows you more choices in where you’d. like to start and finish for your day on the river.
Canoeing and Kayaking in Raleigh…Well, Close by Raleigh, Anyhow!
Robertson Millpond Preserve
This is actually located even closer to your new home in Knightdale than most. It technically is not a spot for Kayaking in Raleigh. This is becauseas it is east of Raleigh in the Town of Wendell. This hidden 85-acre body of water is a sheer paradise for the nature lover under your roof. First made open to the public in 2015, this is the only bald cypress habitat in the entire Triangle area. This puts you in a forest-like setting for the entire time you’re here Kayaking in Raleigh. One main attraction here for canoe and kayak enthusiasts alike is its 1.15-mile loop paddling trail. Be sure you prepare, though, to come to Robertson Millpond Preserve prepared. There are no restrooms or drinking water. Also, with 12-foot-deep waters, you must wear a life jacket.
Harris Lake County Drive
Just outside of Raleigh, Harris Lake County Park is a 680-acre park on a peninsula of the lake. This is not only a beautiful spot for Kayaking in Raleigh but also a fisherman’s delight. There is a fishing pier at this site that gets stocked with catfish once a month.
With these five great spots for Kayaking in Raleigh, you have even more to add to your outdoors “must do “list. For more on these and many other great things going on in and around Raleigh, see the visitraleigh.com blog. For more information on Knightdale Station’s new home community, visit our site here.
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