The North Carolina Museum of Art on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, NC has a 160 acre park that combines nature and art, giving visitors an opportunity to walk through fields and forests while enjoying numerous commissioned works of art.
The park combines paved paths for walking and cycling, and it also has some scenic trails that lead to artwork deeper in the woods. There are many informational signs detailing the flora, fauna, and ecosystem in the park. There are also large fields for playing and picnic tables for eating.
If planning to walk or cycle to the park, the Reedy Creek Raleigh Greenway trail connects to the NC Museum of Art park.
While the park doesn’t offer an outdoor challenge for most, it provides an excellent opportunity for all to spend a great morning or afternoon exploring the outdoors.
Tip for Families
There are a couple can’t miss activities (pictured below). One is climbing around the pile of granite boulders behind the outdoor amphitheater, and the other is the cloud chamber (or what we call, the Hobbit house).
At probably half a mile from the parking lot, the Hobbit house makes a great destination for small kids. The walk to the Hobbit house includes some paved trail that passes wind-driven art and other interesting exhibits before diverting onto a trail in the woods for the last hundred yards.
Other Helpful Tips
NC Museum Website: http://ncartmuseum.org/museum_park/visit_park/
Parking: Parking available on site
Dogs: Allowed on leash
Picnic tables: first come, first serve. No reservations.
Food: Restaurants on site include Iris Restaurant and Sip Coffee shop.
Camping: Not allowed.
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607