Top Four Triangle-Area Hikes To Take With Your Dog this Summer

By Lesley White, Owner, Peak City Puppy

Summertime in the Triangle is a beautiful thing. All around the area families are gearing up to head outside and soak up some sunshine. Hiking is the order of the day, but many families don’t want to make a day drop just to get some exercise. Luckily, the Raleigh, Cary and Apex areas have some of the best hidden hiking spots around, meaning some of the best day hikes are right in your own backyard. Here is our list of our favorite (dog friendly) hiking spots from peaceful walks to challenging treks.

Fred G. Bond Metro Park 

Located right in the heart of Cary, Bond Park has a little something for everyone. Events abound and it is one of the favorite local spots. Enjoy a walk around Bond Lake with your pup and let them enjoy all the new smells and snooping spots while you enjoy the scenery and fresh air. This is a great stroll to have with the kids, too, so make sure you bring the whole family along.

William B. Umstead State Park

If you’re hoping to get a little more out of town but still stay close to amenities, you can’t go wrong with Umstead State Park. This hiking spot has it all, from the easy and short Inspiration Trail to the more challenging Company Mill Trail and lots more in between, Umstead State Park is a great place to get back to nature with your furry companion.

Shelley Lake Park

If you and your dog are looking for a less rural trail, a hike along the paved pathways of Shelley Lake Park is a must. This beautiful hike offers gorgeous lake views and a moderate hiking trail that spans just a couple of miles, perfect for an easy breezy weekday stroll.

American Tobacco Trail

If you and Fido are looking for a true hiking adventure, look no further than the American Tobacco Trail. This trail offers more than 20 miles of trails with varying terrain from Apex to Durham, and this spot offers everything from walks through nature to challenging terrain for true hiking enthusiasts.

When you’re ready to take a hike with your dog this summer make sure to check the weather and ensure you bring plenty of water to keep both you and your pup hydrated.

If you’re not quite up for a hike but your fuzzy buddy could use some exercise, we can help. At Peak City Puppy visits start at $15 and pricing is all-inclusive.  Give your dog his best life.  Let us Help.  Learn more at