Biking To & Around North Wake Landfill District Park

If you can’t tell by the themes of some of my latest blog posts, biking has been our family’s new passion.  Having a bike hitch, bike trailer and at least one child biking on her own really opens up the family bike outings to beyond the driveway or cul-de-sac.  Even though Bill is usually the one to … Read moreBiking To & Around North Wake Landfill District Park

Top of the Hill Trail @ North Wake Landfill District Park

A few weeks ago, I woke up before sunrise and headed downtown with just a coffee and my camera in hand.  I have a lot of photos of parks and greenways throughout the city, but not many personal photos of downtown Raleigh.  It was a muggy Sunday morning, so downtown Raleigh had a faint Bourbon Street-like … Read moreTop of the Hill Trail @ North Wake Landfill District Park

North Wake Landfill District Park

A playground at the landfill…say what?!  Yes, the North Wake landfill closed in 2008 and local residents worked with the county to repurpose the closed landfill into a park which now features paved trails, mountain biking trails, a large playground area, pavilion, and access to Abbotts Creek Trail (part of Neuse River Greenway).  North Wake Landfill … Read moreNorth Wake Landfill District Park

Abbotts Creek Park

Before Christmas we headed to the newly opened Abbotts Creek Park, which is adjacent to Abbotts Creek Community Center and Abbotts Creek Elementary School.  Abbotts Creek Park is located in northeast Raleigh at 9950 Durant Rd, just down the road from North Wake Landfill. The playground area is fenced-in and has brightly colored play features similar to the playgrounds … Read moreAbbotts Creek Park

Abbotts Creek Trail

It might be snowmaggedon part 2 in Raleigh right now, but months ago it was a beautifully warm day for a run in North Raleigh along Abbotts Creek Trail.  Abbotts Creek Trail is 2.9 miles and connects Simms Branch Trail with the Neuse River Trail.  We parked on-street near the intersection of Falls River Ave … Read moreAbbotts Creek Trail

Map of Parks

Here’s a map of the Greater Raleigh parks we’ve explored so far: View the Raleigh Parks Google Map in full screen. Abbotts Creek Park (9950 Durant Rd, Raleigh, NC) Abbotts Creek Trail (intersection of Falls River Ave & Ashmead Ln) Anderson Point Park (20 Anderson Point Dr, Raleigh, NC) Annie Wilkerson Nature Preserve Park Baileywick Park … Read moreMap of Parks

Top 5 Raleigh Parks for Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

Months ago we planned one last Winnie mountain trip before the end of summer. We purposefully planned it to coincide with the solar eclipse so we could get close to being in the path of totality (words I never thought I’d hear myself saying). Not knowing the solar eclipse would become so popular we’re glad … Read moreTop 5 Raleigh Parks for Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

2014 Summer Bucket List Follow-up

The first day of Fall began this week with a few days of colder temperatures, which led me to reminisce about my first full summer home with both girls.  Despite having a tough adjustment period from 3-day-a-week preschool to zero-day-a-week preschool, things smoothed out and we had an awesome summer!  I find myself longing for … Read more2014 Summer Bucket List Follow-up