You can bike, run, play, swim, camp and more at the large state-run parks in the Triangle. Parks offer special programs for kids, but most require pre-registration. So plan in advance.
The 850-acre state forest features a "talking rock" and "talking tree" trail that kids love.
Close to Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill, the Eno River State Park spans 3,900 acres and includes secluded wilderness trails, historic mill sites, river bluffs and other amenities.
Falls Lake spans both Durham and Wake counties. The 12,000-acre lake sits among 26,000 acres of woodlands. The park offers boating, swimming, fishing, camping, hiking and more.
The state forest includes trails, including the popular "talking tree" trail.
Jordan Lake, near Cary and Apex, has beaches, boating, swimming, hiking and more. Don't miss the nature education center at the main office.
Raven Rock sits about 45 minutes from Fayetteville and an hour from the Triangle. You'll find canoeing, camping, trails and more.
The 900-acre nature preserve in the Sandhills offers hiking, special bird events and more.
The 5,600-acre park tucked between Raleigh, Cary and Durham offers trails for hiking, horseback riding and more.