The Bloomsbury Historic District is one of the oldest and most famous neighborhoods in the Raleigh area. It lies northeast of the main downtown business district, and its southern border is what is commonly referred to as 'Five Points,' an intersection of five major roads in Raleigh with all kinds of bars, restaurants, and entertainment attractions. The neighborhood is known for its old, beautiful homes, as well as its location next to the Hayes-Barton Baptist Church, one of the more prominent landmarks in Five Points.
Raleigh is located in the center of North Carolina and its position between the southeast and the mid-atlantic means it experiences four distinct seasons year-round. The summers are hot and humid, so it will be important to keep yourself and your dog hydrated. The colder months in Raleigh usually stick between 30 and 40 degrees on average, but there are still several cold fronts every year that bring snow days.
Raleigh’s terrain is mild throughout most of the city, although there are some hills and inclines scattered within its boundaries. The Bloomsbury District is one of the flattest areas in Raleigh and there are almost no hills, inclines, or dramatic changes in elevation within the borders of the neighborhood. Its environment is a good blend of artificial and natural elements and every house has yard space with green patches and trees.
Because of its location along the massive thoroughfare of Glenwood Avenue, as well as Five Points being positioned on its southern border, the neighborhood experiences a lot of thru-traffic and daily congestion of its roads. It is a popular area in Raleigh and there are always cars passing through. During rush hour times, it will be best to stick to the more residential areas of the neighborhood for your dog walking in order to avoid running afoul of any busy traffic.
There are no parks or greenways within the borders of the Bloomsbury District, but there are a few options for dog walking in the surrounding area. Just a few steps to the east of the neighborhood is Roanoke Park. The park is only 1.6 acres but it has picnic shelters, playgrounds, and some open green space for dogs and children to play in.
Further west and north of Roanoke Park is the Kiwanis Park and Neighborhood Center. This park is much larger, stretching for 24 acres, and it has multiple athletic facilities as well as a shelter and an open field. These are the only two major parks that are within an easy walking distance of the Bloomsbury District, but there are others to the south and east if you are willing to venture a couple of miles down the road such as Fred Fletcher Park or Jaycee Park towards the downtown area.