North Carolina explodes with color this time of year. Pink cherry blossoms contrast with sunny, blue skies and bright green lawns. Yellow daffodils and red tulips dot the landscape and tempt even the biggest homebodies out into the world. Close to Cedar Ridge there are tons of gorgeous nature spots to get out and explore, and there’s no better time of year to do so than spring.

Here are our picks for stunning outdoor spaces worthy of a hike, a picnic lunch, or a simple stop to smell the flowers this spring.

Carroll Joyner Park

701 Harris Rd, Wake Forest

Just a short fifteen-minute drive from Cedar Ridge, E. Carroll Joyner Park is a favorite among local residents. Featuring 117 acres of green space, playgrounds, and pecan groves, it’s the perfect spot for the whole family. Old farm buildings and stone walls add to the Southern charm of the walking trails, and park benches provide scenic spots to take in the views. Outdoor workout stations make this park a true gem.

Happy Trails Farm

704 Dogwood Hill Ln, Wake Forest

Looking for a romantic way to spend a warm spring day? Head to Happy Trails Farm, where you can saddle up for a horseback ride through the woods. The safe, scenic trail is great for both experienced riders and first-timers. It’s a fun alternative to the same old dinner and a movie-style date. Wanna bring the whole family along for the ride? Buddy seats are available for riders as young as two!

Forest Ridge Park

2100 Old North Carolina 98 Hwy, Wake Forest

Perhaps a bicycle ride is more your speed. If so, head to Forest Ridge Park, where three miles of single track mountain bike trails await. Looped trails offer a fun, easy way to get in some exercise. Paved options are great for those without a mountain bike. Picnic shelters, playgrounds, and bank fishing are also available to meet all of your outdoorsy needs!

No matter where you end up, these Youngsville area spots are sure to delight this Spring. What are your favorite outdoor spots around the region?