Lake Raleigh Woods is a 96-acre section of forest on the western edge of Lake Raleigh. The area is a designated hallowed place on NC State’s campus. Recreational trails are available for use in the woods, but education and research are also primary uses of this forest. The Lake Raleigh Woods General Management Plan guides decisions by the University on the usage and maintenance of this important natural resource on campus.
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During 2018 and 2019, a grant from the University’s Sustainability Fund led to the installation of trailhead kiosks and trail design. Part of this grant funding included the design of a sustainable trail network, which was completed by Destination by Design in collaboration with numerous campus departments and student organizations. A source of funding has not yet been identified to implement this trail design and please contact us if you would like to contribute to this initiative.
There are also numerous service opportunities available for NC State students and the community at Lake Raleigh Woods. In addition to regularly-advertised service days, Wellness and Recreation works with groups to schedule custom workdays at the woods. If you are interested in setting up a two to four-hour service day for your group, you can fill out our custom outdoor programs request form. Service opportunities include litter pickup, trail clearing or other tasks depending on needs.