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Shelley Lake Park. Runners are drawn to this scenic 53-acre lake and its winding 2-mile paved trail. 1400 W. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, NC, 27614. 919/996-3285. www.raleighnc.gov/arts.
Capital Area Greenway. Nearly 40 years in the making, this series of trails links the city's parks for runners and bikers. It currently consists of 77 mi that connect 3,700 acres, but new trails open regularly. Raleigh, NC. 919/996–3285. www.raleighnc.gov/parks.