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4.8 mile 7.8 kilometer loop


Ascent: 125' 38 m
Descent: -125' -38 m
High: 261' 79 m
Low: 221' 67 m


Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 6% (3°)


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Trail shared by Greg Epplin

The Peninsula Trail will lead visitors along the lake shore through a variety of forest habitats.

Greg Epplin

Features Birding · Lake · Views

Family Friendly A relatively flat trail with great views of the lake.

Park is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.


This rarely crowded trail system offers great views of Harris Lake. Visitors will enjoy the flat pathway leading around the lake, and the bustle of the Raleigh area will fade away.

Need to Know

Harris Lake County Park also contains picnic areas, an excellent disc golf course, a kayak boat launch, a floating dock for fishing and a great mountain biking trail!

Additional park info can be found atwakegov.com/parks/harrislak…


The Peninsula Trail leads visitors along the lake shore through a variety of forest habitats, including a longleaf pine stand and mixed oak/hickory hardwoods. If you're quiet, you may catch a glimpse of a deer, turkey or a variety of waterfowl along the way.

This featured hike follows the Peninsula Trail but hikers can add on other trails in the area for a longer hike.

Along the way there are self-guided cell phone tours that can be accessed by your cell phone or smart phone. These trails are identified on the park brochure and on site by a sign at each trailhead. Signs will have either the tour number or QR code attached, linking you directly to the tour's mobile version. Once you reach the trailhead you can follow the instructions below:

Call the Harris Lake County Park cell phone tour number at 919-424-0042 and then press the corresponding number at each trail stop.
Once you are on the tour, you can access other commands by pressing the following keys:
Press 1 to rewind.
Press 2 to pause/play.
Press 3 to fast forward.
Press # to stop.
Press *0 to leave feedback on that audio tour.

Flora & Fauna

Harris Lake County Park has a 60 acre Longleaf Pine Management Area. Every year the park sponsors a Longleaf Festival in the late spring. Come celebrate the history and importance of the longleaf pine and its ecosystem! For more info, click here and for an updated list of exhibitors that will be at the event.

History & Background

In 1985, Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space signed a lease with Progress Energy for a 680-acre regional park facility on Harris Lake. The first phase of park construction began in 1997. This phase was built with the 1993 Bond Referendum money. The park opened to the public in May 1999.


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Oct 17, 2018
Timothy Beckman
Nice off road walk. Trail markings are sparse last mile or so. All the zig zags add almost a mile to the rated distance. Nice parking area. 5.3mi
Sep 29, 2017
Amber Rosado
Sep 24, 2017
Krissy Schweers
Amazing easy trail. 4.8mi
Sep 2, 2017
Zac John
Walked to the tip of the Peninsula and went of trail near the water. Set up chair and read my book. 5mi — 3h 00m
May 20, 2017
Justin Isberg
May 14, 2017
Chase Perry
Mar 24, 2017
Nicol Rinfrette
Tanner was with me. Was getting dark out. 2mi
Jan 28, 2017
Daniel Castro
UGBT Grind'n Trail Run 4.8mi

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