Amberfield is a suburban neighborhood on the far northeastern side of Raleigh, North Carolina. Though it is still within the city limits of Raleigh, it feels very removed from any kind of urban sprawl. Its subdivisions branch off of Southall Road, a major street that runs through wide swathes of grass and forests, giving the neighborhood a distinctly rural atmosphere. The homes in Amberfield are relatively large and pleasant and they all appear to be on land that was recently developed.
Raleigh experiences all four seasons each year, meaning its weather can vary dramatically depending on when you are there. The summers can be hot and humid, so you will want to keep yourself and your dog hydrated while on a walk. The winters tend to hover around the 30 to 40-degree range, but there are still multiple snow days a year. The transitional seasons of autumn and spring can be mild and beautiful for dog walking.
Raleigh’s terrain is typically relatively flat, but there are still some places within the city limits that have steeper inclines or drastic changes in elevation that you may need to look out for during your daily outing. However, Amberfield is in one of the flattest areas in the city. While on a walk, you will not encounter any hills or elevation shifts, but instead, mostly level, rural terrain.
Since it is removed from most of the densely populated areas of the city, Amberfield is not likely to have any major foot or street traffic. During rush hour, some commuters and parents will be going to and from workplaces and schools, but most of the congestion will stay on main streets like Southall Road. If you stick to the smaller neighborhood streets while on a walk, you will be able to use the sidewalk which ends once you exit any of the subdivisions.
There are no parks within the borders of Amberfield, but just a few steps to the northeast is Marsh Creek Park. The park stretches across 110 acres and features Raleigh’s only skate park as well as other athletic facilities, open green space, and forest space. This is the most widely used park by members of the neighborhoods in the Amberfield area, but there are lots of unofficially designated green areas and forests around the community.
Other than Marsh Creek Park, there are very few official Raleigh parks within walking distance of Amberfield. Even Brentwood Park, which is a community park located a few miles west of the neighborhood, is only open when designated events are taking place on its campus. If you are looking for places to drive to for dog walking in a park, many of the areas near central and east Raleigh will serve your purposes better.