Where to paddle: Raleigh

 

With two large lakes connected to the N.C. Division of State Parks — Falls and Jordan — and a series of flood control lakes in Raleigh — including Lakes Crabtree and Johnson — options abound for the City of Oaks paddler who doesn’t have time to get out of town. Options abound, too, for the paddler without a boat. Learn about rental opportunities in the Triangle and statewide here.

A late afternoon paddle at Jordan Lake.

Neuse River: Falls Dam to Buffaloe Road
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Wake Forest, 35 minutes from downtown Raleigh to Falls Dam Access on the Neuse River
Time to complete: 4 hours
More info here.

Falls Lake: Beaverdam Recreation Area
Difficulty: Easy to moderate (length)
Location: Wake Forest, 40 minutes from downtown Raleigh
Time to complete: 1 to 3 hours
More info here.

Jordan Lake: Ebenezer Church boat ramp
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Apex, 35 minutes from downtown Raleigh
Time to complete: 1 to 4 hours
More info here.

Lake Johnson
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Raleigh, 12 minutes from downtown
Time to complete: 1 to 3 hours
More info here.

Lake Crabtree County Park
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Morrisville, 20 minutes from downtown Raleigh
Time to complete: 1 to 3 hours
More info here.

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