Harris Lake County Park: Peninsula Trail

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Joe Miller

Destination Distance From Downtown

20.9 miles


2 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

1 - 1.5 hours


Every once in a while you pine for flat, foot-friendly, fast singletrack where you can, frankly, log a really fast time. Usually average 10 minutes per mile on hiking trail? Odds are you'll break 9:30 at Harris Lake. The Peninsula Trail begins off the parking lot farthest from the park entrance (just keep driving until you run out of pavement). It heads to the water, takes a right, then clings to the edge of a peninsula for most of its run. You'll pass through wetlands, you'll go through a healthy stand of longleaf pines, you'll encounter a small cove climb or two, you'll brush up against the park's 18-hole disc golf course, you'll return through an upland stretch that takes in some park history.  Before you know it you'll be back at the start hungry for another 5 miles. If that's the case, simply reverse course and get your miles in the double-digits. If you live in southern Wake County, it should become a staple in your weekly running routine. If you live elsewhere in the Triangle, you should make a point to visit on a regular basis. Harris Lake's Peninsula Trail is a feel-good trail guaranteed to boost your confidence.   More info here. Maps: Available at park. Getting there from downtown Raleigh, here.


Harris Lake County Park: Peninsula Trail

2112 County Park Drive
New Hill, NC, 27562
35.631378, -78.921194

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