I had Anderson Point Park on my list of trails to review in the Raleigh area and didn’t even realize that it was the same spot that I ran my ‘Raleigh Rocks the Greenway’ half marathon at until I arrived. With that being said, I’m a big fan.
Located off of North Rogers Ln at 20 Anderson Point Dr., you’ll find a large parking lot at the entrance. I will note that you need to drive over the bridge to get to the parking lot though. There’s a separate parking lot for the Neuse River Trail, which would probably be confusing for a first timer. Anderson Point Park’s lot was completely full when I got there, but there was an entire 200-person shelter filled with people for what I assume was a party, so that’s probably the reason why.
The views and attention to detail are the most appealing part of this park/trail route by far. Opened in 1999, you’ll be able to find four miles of paved walking and running trails inside of the 89-acre park. Aside from this, there’s also several shelters, an expansive playground, a cottage that’s available for rental, fishing, boating, lots of open space, ball fields with backstops, and several hanging swings throughout the park. I think I covered it all there….
As far as difficulty of the trails goes, you won’t find anything too challenging. There are a few hills and loops, but nothing too intense. The best part about this park is that it connects to both the Crabtree Creek Trail and the Neuse River Greenway if you’re looking for something longer than four miles.
Everything seems to be very well maintained, and it definitely wasn’t crowded for having gone after work when people usually get out and exercise. However, I will mention that I went when it was 91 degrees outside so maybe that had something to do with it.
There are really pretty views throughout all of Anderson Point Park, with the best probably being The Point Overlook that occurs when Crabtree Creek meets with The Neuse River. There’s a circular bench that’s surrounded by trees for hanging out nearby. I tried to get a picture of an area that had both a hanging swing and gorgeous flowers. but there was a couple hanging out and I didn’t want to freak them out, so I declined.
Open outdoor spaces can be rented by the hour, and go for $30 which isn’t bad if you’re looking for a pretty space for a wedding reception or family reunion-type of activity. The park is pretty secluded, so I maybe wouldn’t run here alone. Nonetheless, the park has a sign at the entrance that says it’s closed from “dusk to dawn” anyway.
Pets are allowed, but I didn’t notice any doggy disposal areas. Maybe I just wasn’t looking hard enough. The playground alone is worth mentioning, with unique slides, a large sandpit area, teeter totters, and more.
As mentioned above, there are also several areas for picnics and relaxing at Anderson Point Park.
Even though it’s not centrally located, Anderson Point Park is definitely worth the drive. From my downtown Raleigh apartment, it took me exactly 16 minutes to get there for a point of reference. If you’re looking to change up your running route, head here.