You board? Make waves for these local paddleworthy parks.
Life is all about balance. And studies show that grabbing a paddle is not only a serene and picturesque way to be one with the outdoors (can we get an “om, yeah” for all our paddleboard yogis?!), but it boasts a slew of physical and mental benefits—think core strength, stamina, vitamin D, stress relief and joint stability. And the activity’s popularity only continues to swell. … So water you waiting for? Grab your board for a stand-up time at one of these Raleigh watering holes. How SUP-er!
Lake Johnson Park
When in doubt, paddle it out! Launch from this park’s sandy shores for a trip around the 150-acre lake encircled by a scenic walking/bike trail.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Oozing with ops for the outdoor enthusiasts, these 520 acres of flood-controlled waters are worth the trip. Just row with it.
William B. Umstead State Park
Nestled about 10 miles northwest of DTR, this relaxing reservoir (well, three reservoirs) deserves a standing O for its paddling pleasures. SUP-reme, indeed!
Lake Wheeler Park
Whatever floats your boat—er, board! Take a paddle into history via 650 acres of lake that’s doubled as Raleigh’s and Wake County’s primary water supply since 2010. Way to make waves!