Raleigh-Durham, NC

Research Triangle Park (RTP) Trails

Research Triangle Park refers to the area of the large research park designed around theĀ  lcities of Durham, Raleigh, and Chapel Hill, and three major research universities: Duke, NC State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The center of the corporate RTP area is “The Frontier”, 7 miles west of the airport and off I-40, location of many corporate offices.

There has been a big attempt to design a series of biking and walking/running trails in the area: some 7,000 acres of “RTPFit” trails. There are 18 miles of well-marked, paved, purpose-built running jogging trails, near the Frontier and RTP Headquarters. There are loops of multiple lengths — one can easily do 5-7 miles of off-road running in this area. See attached map for options. They are mainly wooded and have good shade for hot days.

There are 4 miles of separate mountain bike trails that can be used for trail running.







  • 18 miles of trails. Good options for loops of various lengths
  • Gently rolling
  • The Frontier or RTP HQ
  • Parking at The Frontier or RTP HQ