Best Walking Trails

Each year when ideal-LIVING Expo attendees are surveyed, the number one amenity is walking trails. These communities offer miles of paved walking trails or nature trails where you can experience the local flora and fauna.

Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards



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Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | Wooside


Aiken, SC — Situated beside a nature preserve, with parks, trails, hills, meadows, and water views, rests Woodside. Woodside offers a warm atmosphere, where events and amenities are never in short supply – and neighbors become friends in a matter of minutes. Woodside is the perfect destination for those that take comfort in the outdoors. Whether you prefer to get a breath of fresh air, or challenge yourself with a scenic hike with the Woodside Trail Group, you’ll find what you’re looking for just outside your front door in Woodside’s system of trails.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | cullowhee

Cullowhee River Club

Cullowhee, NC — Experience fly-fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and kayaking at Cullowhee River Club, nestled on the banks of the Tuckasegee River, less than 60 miles west of Asheville, NC. The community’s centerpiece, the planned Grand River Lodge, will include indoor and outdoor dining, lodge rooms, fitness center, and tennis and swim complex. Residents can relax and enjoy time with friends at the rustic, open-air riverside pavilion. Some of the U.S.’ best hiking and biking trails are within a 30-mile radius, including the legendary Appalachian Trail, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Nantahala National Forest.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | carolina colours

Carolina Colours

New Bern, NC — An inviting community, Carolina Colours offers golf, tennis, pickleball and numerous social, recreational, exercise and craft activities. Almost every morning there are a myriad of exercise walkers, dog walkers, joggers and bicycle riders taking advantage of the miles of walkways and bike lanes available. Blessed with land conducive to winding walkways among the trees and park areas where one can sit and relax, outdoor living is the norm for almost all of the year. And unlike many communities, during non-golfing hours residents are encouraging to walk the miles of pristine paths and bridges throughout the course, with wonderful wetland and wildlife views.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | french broad crossing

French Broad Crossing

Marshall, North Carolina—French Broad Crossing is a North Carolina mountain community unlike any other. Instead of the usual amenities, French Broad Crossing features a Wellness Facility, a Riverfront Family Park, a community Treehouse and trailheads that open connect to some of the finest wilderness hiking venues in America. Set out on foot in any direction and you’ll experience the glories of the unspoiled woodlands. And specially designated trails are also available for mountain biking, horseback riding and even four-wheeling. After a day on the trail, residents enjoy an evening with friends and neighbors at the River Lodge.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | penn national

Penn National Golf Course Community

Fayetteville, PA —Penn National is an active recreation community near Gettysburg. Amenities include two golf courses, walking trails, tennis, pickleball, and swimming. Our lifestyle includes over 40 hobbies and clubs. Here you can enjoy Pennsylvania towns complete with fine dining, shopping, and events. The area is adjacent to South Mountain and seven trails lead from the community into the State Forest. The area is rich in history with a variety of trails for all skill levels and breathtaking vistas. Close by is the Appalachian Trail and Caledonia State Park.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | panama pacifico

Panama Pacifico

Veracruz, Panama—The new resort-style residential community of Panama Pacifico is located just a short drive from Panama’s capital city. The community’s 15-acre Grand Park, with its playgrounds and entertainment amphitheater, is the hub of more than six miles of green trails that will radiate out in all directions. Residents can walk along paved paths to Panama Pacifico’s commercial center to shop, dine or work, but might just as often choose to explore the shaded walkways that venture into the pristine tropical rainforests that surround the development. Less ambitious strolls can also be enjoyed when touring the community’s neighborhood parks and lush gardens.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | hill country retreat

Hill Country Retreat

San Antonio, TX —Active lifestyle living leader Del Webb continues to attract energetic couples and singles to its award-winning Hill Country Retreat community. San Antonio’s resident destination features 10 new Designs by Del Webb® among three home collections in single-story layouts up to 2,781sq. ft. Owners and their guests enjoy resort-style living year-round in a 28,000 sq. ft. Amenity Center, featuring refreshing indoor and outdoor pools, an invigorating fitness center with indoor track, and a tennis center. Nature lovers, photographers, and bird watchers will delight in the miles of scenic walking trails, home to diverse wildlife and wildflowers.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | homestead

Homestead Preserve

Warm Springs, Virginia—Located adjacent to the famed Homestead Resort that catered to the likes of Thomas Jefferson, the Homestead Preserve features exceptionally designed vacation homes with access to an abundance of recreation opportunities and world-class amenities nestled within the heart of Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains. The 11,500-acre preserve is peacefully secluded with over 100 miles of managed trails, the area offers opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding, as well as world-renowned fly fishing on the Jackson River. At the nearby historic Homestead Resort, residents and guests can access two golf courses and skiing in the winter.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | k hov four seasons at westshore

K. Hovnanian’s Four Seasons at Westshore

Sacramento, CA — K. Hovnanian’s® Four Seasons at Westshore in Sacramento, CA is a beautiful gated community with resort-style amenities and single-story home designs up to 1,769 square feet. This new home community for those 55 and better provides its residents with incredible features, spacious home designs and the perfect location. The Lodge recreation center offers a ballroom, fitness center, billiards room, and library. Outdoors you’ll find a relaxing patio, pool and spa, tennis, horseshoe and bocce courts. The community is built around a serene 26-acre lake, and walking trails make their way through lush landscaping and community parks, offering water views.

Best Walking Trails | Best of the Best 2017 Community Awards | palmetto creek

Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas

Bolivia, NC — Palmetto Creek of the Carolinas is a community favorably located along Brunswick County Beaches near Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, and Southport. This resort-like community is just 10 minutes from Oak Island’s sandy shores gazing into of the Atlantic Ocean. The N.C.S.U. Exum Family Nature Trail System is 16.5 acres. “Our hope is that this land will serve as an outdoor laboratory for long-term studies for the college as well as an opportunity for the residents of Palmetto Creek to learn more about their natural surroundings,” said Bert Exum, Developer.

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