This park is south of the I-440 beltline that goes around Raleigh. Take the Lake Wheeler exit off of the beltline (exit #297), go south on Lake Wheeler Road for ~ 2.8 miles. The entrance is on the right side - be looking for it cause just after you see the sign you'll be turning into the park.
We first hiked this park in January 2013 - so perhaps this is the start of an annual tradition ... we had gorgeous warm sunshine then and I'm hoping for a repeat as well.
We'll be walking on 3 interconnected trails - starting off on the Millpond Trail that skirts around the lake, connecting up with the Creekside Trail that is an out-and-back trail (with a small loop at the end) that shifts into marsh grasses and farm land vistas, switching onto the High Ridge Trail that overlooks the marsh on one side and the lake on the other, then finishing up back on the Millpond Trail to reach the parking lot. Overall, the walk will be about 4 - 4.5 miles, on naturals surfaces that are fairly even and with minimal tree roots. Plan on ~ 2 hours for the hike with time to journal, sit (there are some great places to plop down and look around) and talk at the end. Will talk and walk until we get to the mill site, shift into silence for the most of the walk, then hold the silence until we reach the mill site once again.