Distance: 9.9 Miles
Active Biking Time: About 1 hour 15 minutes
This capital city will surprise you at every turn. On just one bike ride you'll discover green spaces dating back to the city's beginnings, take in fine art by artists from around the world, and taste some of the best coffee and fresh all-natural foods you'll ever have the pleasure to enjoy. Oh, and don't forget the capitol building!
Raleigh is also home to the Capital Area Greenway Trail System, a network of shared-use trails that criss-cross the city. On the tour map, the tour route is marked in yellow. You'll ride part of these greenways on the tour, but if you want to extend your ride then just follow the green lines on the route which mark four of Raleigh's greenways for you to explore.
Start your day with a coffee at 42 & Lawrence and follow the route from there. Touch the "directions" icon in the side bar for turn-by-turn directions.
0.4 miles, about 6 minutes
1.9 miles, about 15 minutes
1 mile, about 7 minutes
Bike trail ride back to downtown: 6 miles, about 40 minutes
Photo Credit: 42 & Lawrence
134 E. Martin Street, (919) 322-1668
42 & Lawrence is a coffee lab created to showcase Larry's Coffee. 42 & Lawrence serves up specialty espresso beverages, cold-brew coffees, draft lattes, and tasty experiments. 42 & Lawrence is located on the corner of Martin and Blount in downtown Raleigh, NC.
226 E Martin Street
Moore Park is part of the Moore Square Historic District. Moore Park is one of only two parks from Raleigh's original 1792 city plan that remains. This public green space is surrounded by quaint boutiques and restaurants on cobblestone streets. The 4-acre park has recently undergone a comprehensive renovation. Stroll along the wide walking paths, stop at the cafe and enjoy the water feature and public art.
1 E. Edenton Street, (919) 733-4994
Construction of North Carolina's State Capitol was finished in 1840 and built in the Greek Revival style of architecture. The building is a National Historic Landmark. Offices for the governor, the cabinet, legislative chambers, the North Carolina state library and the state geologist are all housed inside of the North Carolina State Capitol. Visitors can explore the capitol building Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free. If you're in a group of 10 or more and would like a guided tour, call the Capital Area Visitor Information at (919) 807-7950 or visit nccapvisit.org to schedule in advance.
Photo Credit: Gregg Museum of Art & Design
1903 Hillsborough Street, (919) 515-3503
A free collecting and exhibiting museum with a permanent collection of more than 35,000 objects, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design makes art accessible to the NC State University community and the public. From 19th-century Japanese woodblock prints to antique North Carolina quilts and outsider art, objects span cultures, disciplines and designs. The Gregg Museum offers several exhibitions a year, plus programs, lectures, films, events, and residencies. Artists frequently visit the Gregg for exhibition openings, talks, lectures or symposia, providing students and the general public with the opportunity to interact with both the art and artists. Always free and open to the public. Museum and gardens are available for rental for private events.
Photo Credit: Rush Bowls
2811 Hillsborough Street, (919) 703-0006
Rush Bowls' tireless devotion to honest, healthy ingredients that taste sinfully delicious is the secret ingredient in their fruit and all-natural food bowls. A Rush Bowl starts with the finest all-natural fruit blended extra thick and creamy. Then they add nutrients, protein, juice or milk and an assortment of decadent yet wholesome ingredients. Top everything off with crumbles of crunchy granola and a drizzle of the most delicious honey you've ever tasted. It's a complete meal-in-a-bowl designed to satisfy your hunger and fuel your ride!
Photo Credit: Jim Belt
Rocky Branch Trail is part of the Capital Area Greenway Trail System, a comprehensive network of shared use paths for biking, walking and exploring in nature. Rocky Branch Trail is 3.8 miles long. It follows Rocky Branch from Walnut Creek Trail to Reedy Creek trail.
Photo Credit: City of Raleigh
Walnut Creek Trail is part of the Capital Area Greenway Trail System, a comprehensive network of shared use paths for biking, walking and exploring in nature. Walnut Creek Trail is a 15.6-mile paved trail that follows Walnut Creek across the city from the Neuse River Trail to Lake Johnson.
Photo Credit: E. Agriego
Little Rock Trail is part of the Capital Area Greenway Trail System, a comprehensive network of shared use paths for biking, walking and exploring in nature. This 1.6 mile paved trail runs along Little Rock Creek from downtown to the Walnut Creek Wetland Park.
You should consult your physician before starting any exercise program. Bicycling is an activity with risk of personal injury. My City Bikes and its affiliates are not responsible in any capacity for harm or injury that may occur as a result of bicycling. You are solely responsible for your safety while biking.