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Enjoying Parks and Trails Safely Near Capitol City Homes Communities

Spring is in full swing, and here in the Triangle area, we are fortunate to be surrounded by an abundance of natural spaces to spread out and get some fresh air. While both public and private parks remain closed, there are still plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors while keeping a safe social distance. 

Now more than ever, it’s vital to get outside for exercise, recreation, and relaxation. Thankfully, many of the local trails, greenways, and nature preserves are still open, providing countless opportunities to enjoy North Carolina’s gorgeous spring weather. To help keep these fantastic places open during the stay-at-home order, we must do our part to keep our community spaces as healthy as possible. Below are four best practices for responsibly and safely enjoying the outdoors.

  • Practice Social Distancing – Keep a minimum of 6 feet between you and others at all times. Be mindful of your surroundings, and share the space responsibly. 
  • Help Prevent Overcrowding – A full parking lot is your first sign that the trail is crowded. Have a backup plan ready or try again later when there’s more space available. Avoid meeting up with friends and family outside of your household and limit your stay during peak times to allow space for others. 
  • Prepare Ahead of Time – Because this is an evolving situation, double-check to make sure the area is still open before you leave the house. Be aware that services are limited, and facilities like restrooms, concessions, and water fountains are closed. Pack a bag of essentials like water, snacks, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and disinfecting wipes. 
  • Stay Close to Home – Enjoy trails and playing fields closest to your own neighborhood. Staying local helps you to avoid extra errands such as stopping for gas, snacks, and supplies.

There are many outdoor opportunities and access points to trails conveniently located close to our Capitol City Homes communities. Here are some of the places that are still open and ready to be safely enjoyed!

American Tobacco Trail

The American Tobacco Trail features 22+ miles of interconnected trails that run along an abandoned railroad bed. It’s perfect for walking, running, rollerblading, and even horseback riding!

Neuse River Trails

Take a bike ride or hike on the longest paved path between western Georgia and northern Virginia! The 33-mile long trail has a width of 10 feet allowing room to pass others while keeping a safe distance. Locals love the beautiful scenery, suspension bridges, and long stretches of uninterrupted travel.

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Encounter wildlife and natural beauty at Cary’s Hemlock Bluffs. This 150-acre preserve contains a mixture of mulched trails, boardwalks, and overlooks, allowing nature-lovers to take in the sites while protecting the unique ecosystem. 

North Carolina Museum of Art Trail

Unique open spaces blend nature and art at the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. Scenic trails, ponds, gardens,

and vast fields mingle with outdoor art installations offering inspiration to visitors while allowing ample space to spread out.

Whether you are looking for relaxation or a workout, spending time outdoors is essential to your overall health and well-being. If you want to live close to some of the best outdoor activities in the area, check out Capitol City Homes! You’ll find an incredible variety of new home opportunities all over the Triangle. Contact us today to learn more about all of our homes throughout Raleigh, Wake Forest, Louisburg, Clayton, Fuquay-Varina, Garner, Youngsville, Angier, Rolesville, Mebane, Fayetteville, New Bern, and Pittsboro—all located in North Carolina.

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