Explore Knightdale with Walking Trails, Treats & BBQ :: WRAL.com
Knightdale, North Carolina – Knightdale, which is just 9 miles from downtown Raleigh, offers options for all ages to explore a new city without having to drive far.
If you’re looking for a bite to eat, stop by Prime Barbeque. The restaurant, located at 403 Knightdale Station Run, is owned by Christopher Prieto, who has appeared on Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters”. The barbecue restaurant’s menus include homemade brisket, pulled pork and sausages. There are also weekly features, including Burnt Ends, Frito Pie, Whole BBQ Chicken, and Whole Pork. Make sure you get your barbecue bindings early, as the restaurant sells out regularly!
If you want to enjoy your barbecue outside, head to Knightdale Station Park. The 76-acre park features running and walking trails, a dog park, athletic fields, and a railroad-themed playground. During the summer months, children can also cool off in the paddling pool!
Those who want a beer can walk through the park to Oak City Brewing Company, located at 616 N. First Avenue. The brewery, owned by Blake Cone and Matt Keeler, has 20 rotary taps and a large outdoor patio. The brewery also regularly hosts food trucks such as Cousins Maine Lobster and Las Gringas Tacos. The brewery also encourages you to bring your furry children or babies.
You can continue to enjoy the time outdoors by heading to Knightdale Environmental Park, located at 1385 N. Smithfield Road. The shaded park includes walking trails, a boardwalk overlooking the water, and environmental sculptures. Fishing enthusiasts can also enjoy the pond, but a fishing license is required.
Support local agriculture with a stop at the Pope’s Strawberry Farm. The farm is located at 1305 rue Fayetteville and generally opens the last week of April. Visitors can either pick their own strawberries or purchase pre-picked strawberries. Make sure you check the farm’s Facebook page for hours on end, as it changes daily.
Why not end your visit to Knightdale with a sweet treat? Head to Vida Dulce, located at 1018 E. Shoppes on Midway Drive. The ice cream and popsicle store has been in the Triangle for over 35 years and offers Mexican desserts. Some of the items on the menu are the churro splits, cheesecake burrito, rolled ice cream tacos, and mangonadas. If you’re looking for more savory options, the shop also has a cup of street corn and hot dog taco fries.