Fairview Acres is a small neighborhood in west Raleigh, North Carolina. The neighborhood is located between several different landmarks and attractions in the city, such as Lake Johnson, which is a large lake and community park as well as Athens Drive High School and Crossroads Shopping Center. It is close to the border of Cary which is an upper-middle class town adjacent to Raleigh, but it is also only a mile and a half away from the NC State campus which is one of the most popular areas in Raleigh.
Raleigh’s location on the border of the southeast and mid-Atlantic parts of the country means it experiences four distinct seasons each year. Its summers are hot and humid, meaning you will need to keep yourself and your dog hydrated on walks. The winters are not unbearably cold, but there are usually several snow days a year when cold fronts come through.
Raleigh’s terrain is relatively mild, but there are still some occasional slopes and steep hills scattered throughout parts of the city. Fairview Acres maintains this kind of terrain. There are a few small hills in the entire neighborhood, but for the most part, it stays almost level. Its environment is a good mixture artificial and natural, but it retains a mostly suburban feel.
You aren’t likely to deal with much foot or street traffic within the boundaries of the neighborhood, but it is near several popular Raleigh thoroughfares that become congested during regular rush hour times. Buck Jones Road and Jones Franklin Road are both areas of heavy traffic for commuters going to and from work as well as students and parents driving to Athens Drive High School. If you stick to the residential areas of the neighborhood, you and your dog should be able to avoid most of the street traffic.
There aren’t any parks or greenways within the borders of Fairview Acres, but there are plenty of options to explore in the surrounding area. Less than a mile to the south of the neighborhood is Lake Johnson which is a massive lake and park area. It is frequented by locals in the area because of its wide-ranging trails and forests to explore as well as the multiple different lookouts you can find to view the lake.
Less than a mile to the east of Fairview Acres is Powell Drive Park which stretches for 8 acres and has a community center, athletic fields, and a small pond to enjoy. There is also ample green space for dog walking or jogging. Between these two parks, there is plenty to explore within a relatively short walking distance of Fairview Acres and there are even more parks to the north and the west of the neighborhood.