The Lake Pine Trail is a circular paved path that goes around Apex Community Park’s lake, which can be found near the border between Cary and Apex, not far from Raleigh, North Carolina.
Similar to nearby Lake Crabtree County Park, Umstead State Park and Bond Park, Apex Community Park has the advantage of being right in the town, plus the additional attraction of having a good-sized recreational lake.
Another park nearby that also has paved trails is the park at the North Carolina Museum of Art, but it only has a pond, not a lake.
Lake Pine Trail Loop
Lake Pine is a perfect trail for walking or running, and it also provides smooth enough terrain for using a baby jogger or stroller as well. It’s suitable for all levels.
The Lake Pine trail cuts between the lake and the other nature areas, so you’ve got a great chance of catching some wildlife.
We’ve seen otters, loons, turtles, cranes, fish and deer while on this trail.
You can also bring your dog on the trail, but they must be on a leash at all times.
The whole loop lasts for about 2 hours, and you can also choose to leave the main path and explore some wilder, unpaved trails in search of more nature.
If you’re coming from the Camden apartment complex nearby, there are multiple ways to get access to the trail. There is also parking and porta-potties close by.
The trail is nice and flat, and it’s also wide enough to handle pedestrians and cyclists traveling in both directions.
It’s the ideal trail for a pleasant walk or run.
It’s also the perfect beginner trail, because it’s so flat and smooth, and wide enough for others to pass without collisions.
The length is also ideal, with one lap lasting around 2 miles. If you need longer, you can just add more laps!
The only downside with this trail is it can sometimes get very crowded.
We have discovered that mornings are usually the busiest times, as well as early afternoons. This is when you’ll see the most walkers and joggers on the trail.