Who else loves the reward of a beautiful view when you reach the end of an outdoor adventure? We think everyone can raise a hand to that.
Now that we said that, though, you might be picturing multi-mile hikes, steep inclines, and rough terrain. But have no fear, the view from the top of Green Hills County Park is both beautiful and the walk up is easy enough for almost anyone to reach the top - the walk itself is less than a tenth of a mile!
Previously the site of a landfill, Green Hills was repurposed and now offers a playground, bathrooms, a nice paved walking/biking path, as well as unpaved trails, mountain biking trails and a skills area, and some of the best bird’s-eye views of Raleigh.
To reach the top of the hill, park at the lot directly to your right when you pull into the park. Take the crosswalk at the top of the lot, and make a right turn to get walking on the bike/walking path. (Bikes and walkers stay to the left, cars stay to the right.) Just a short ways up on the left, you will see a gravel path with a short gate - this is the way up the hill to the top. The incline is very steady and at a normal pace (with no toddlers examining every rock along the way ) it probably takes about 10-15 minutes to make it to the top.
For whatever reason, Facebook does not let us share photos and videos at the same time, so we’ll share the video with the beautiful view of Raleigh in the comments.
As we mentioned in our stories the other day, we’re finally getting around to parks we did in 2020, but never posted about. We actually first visited Green Hills in September 2020. One of the things we loved was the plants at the summit had so many butterflies and moths. We can’t wait to visit again in the spring and hopefully see even more.
Have you been to Green Hills? Let us know in the comments!
(Note: We're currently working on updating our website with our reviews. This review was originally posted on Instagram and Facebook on January 19, 2021.)