Here & Far

Get outside locally, or try Hike NC for adventures across the state.

Take a hike, for your health and happiness! Allow us to present options both here in Western Wake, and far, as in all across North Carolina!

Hike NC is a free program designed to get you outside and enjoying nature, no matter your age or fitness level. It’s a collaboration between Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and leading hiking experts across the state.

“Hike NC’s fall launch was a success, with more than 800 people across the state signing up for a guided hike,” said Kathy Higgins, Blue Cross vice president of Corporate Affairs. “We want North Carolinians to discover what spring has to offer on the trails with friends and family. Hike NC not only gets people outside and active but also allows them to explore their breathtaking state in a unique way.”

Offering more than 60 guided hikes statewide, from the Altapass Orchard Trail in Spruce Pine to the Live Oak Trail in Winnabow, Hike NC runs through mid-June. Each hike is led by a trained guide or park ranger, and hikes include various distances, times, locations and levels of trail difficulty.

Interested? Sign up for a hike that’s right for you, at, then simply show up!


Closer to home

If your favorite hike happens closer to home, we’ve got you covered here too: Check out CM editor Amber Keister’s piece on the many outdoor adventures available right here in Western Wake!

Hike the American Tobacco Trail in Apex to examine animal tracks and find salamanders, or head to Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville for scavenger hunts, birdwalks and fishing. Kids can become Wake County Junior Park Naturalists, and lots more.

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