Raleigh-Durham, NC

Holly Springs: Bass Lake Park & Womble Park

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This is a run on paths around two pleasant parks in Holly Springs, about 1/2 hour from Raleigh. Bass Lake Park is a popular spot featuring trails, conference facilities, a nature center & picnic pavilions. A gravel path goes around the 2-mile perimeter of Bass Lake (0.4 miles is on-road), half with with nice water views, with the other half being more wooded.

For a longer run, a 1.3 mile connector trail, the Carl G. Jean Greeenway, leads to Womble Park, which features several sports fields, baseball diamonds, and paved walking paths that form a figure-8 loop of ~1 mile. Overall, a route combining both parks and the connector is ~5.0-5.5 miles. One can also take Grigsby Ave. past Snugg Farm to vary the return. Our thanks to Stephen Puryear for submitting this route!


  • Two parks + connector is 5-5.5 miles. Bass Lake Park loop is 1.9 miles; Connector trail is 1.3 miles; Womble Park loop is ~1 mile.
  • some short hills. Overall gain for full route is ~200 feet
  • Parking lot at Bass Lake Park
  • Car access. Ample parking