Woodvalley is a beautiful, secluded neighborhood just north of the city limits of Raleigh, North Carolina. Though it could technically be classified as a suburb, the neighborhood retains much of the natural environment that existed there before it was built. Unlike many new developments with similar looking homes and neatly paved roads and sidewalks, Woodvalley feels somewhat rural and its houses are built into a forest landscape with wide swathes of land between each development.
Raleigh experiences all four seasons very distinctly each year. Its summers are typically hot and humid, meaning you will want to keep yourself and your dog hydrated while going on long walks in the warmer months. The colder months in Raleigh can be an enigma. Usually, temperatures stay between 30 and 40 degrees, but there are cold fronts that sweep through and lead to several snow days a year. Raleigh’s transitional seasons of fall and spring can be beautiful with ideal temperatures for dog walking.
The terrain in Raleigh is mild with some hills and inclines within the city limits but also many flat areas. Since Woodvalley covers such a large amount of territory, it has a few different types of terrain contained within its borders. While walking down Wood Valley Road, the most prominent street in the neighborhood, you will find yourself going through some areas that are perfectly flat while others go over mildly rolling hills as well as twist and turn through the forest.
Woodvalley isn’t nearly as densely populated as most of Raleigh, and therefore, it has some of the least street and foot traffic in the area. Main streets like Wood Valley Road wind around thick forest areas and some of the bends happen quickly and unexpectedly. If you are walking at night or during rush hour times, you might want to avoid roads where cars are going fast and could turn a corner quickly.
There are no parks or greenways within the boundaries of Woodvalley but there are some options to explore in the surrounding areas. About half of a mile south of the neighborhood is Strickland Road Neighborhood Park which is a 36-acre park that has two small ponds and several nature trails. It also has a playground and open green space for locals to bring their children or dogs for some play time.
There are some smaller parks and greenways further south and the closer to the center of the city you go, the more official parks you will find. However, there is already so much forest space and greenery within the Woodvalley neighborhood that it makes up for what it lacks in official parks and greenways. If you and your dog go for a walk almost anywhere in the neighborhood, you will find some woods and green space that your dog can explore.