Apex

What Makes Apex So Cool

You won't find a better blend of past and present than in this small town. While Apex's historic downtown might look a little different from the brand new homes a few minutes away, the nostalgic community atmosphere never changes: people still say "hello" to their neighbors, enjoy a stroll along tree-lined streets, and know small business owners by name. No wonder Apex was Money Magazine's #1 pick for the Best Place to Live in America!

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Salem Street

About a mile of Salem Street is home to Apex's historic downtown, though most of the shops, restaurants, and services are packed into just a couple of blocks. Here you'll find historic brick storefronts filled with all kinds of boutique businesses and painted in all kinds of colors, from the russet red of The Rusty Bucket to the ivy green of DownTown Knits to the snowy white of Buttercream's Bakeshop. But Salem Street has more to offer than its hometown charm. The annual PeakFest transforms Salem Street into an all-day street fair filled with games, music, and community fun.

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Jordan Lake

The ultimate staycation destination is right here in Apex! With over 1,000 campsites, 14 miles of trails, and 7 beaches, this massive reservoir is the perfect place to explore nature trails in the spring, swim and sail in the summer, and camp under the stars in the fall. Residents from all over the Triangle flock to Jordan Lake every year to experience the great outdoors close to home, and when you live in Apex, you're only minutes from this popular destination. When you visit Jordan Lake, bring a picnic lunch and your camera — you might spot one of the bald eagles living in the area!

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American Tobacco Trail

What do this 22-mile trail and Apex's town name have in common? The railroad. Apex is deeply rooted in America's early rail history, earning its nickname as the "Peak City," or "Apex," because of its location at the highest point along a 30-mile stretch of the Chatham Railroad. The American Tobacco Trail also shares in the area's railroad heritage. What was once the Durham & South Carolina Railroad line was abandoned in the 1970s, leaving a long dirt road that would later become the American Tobacco Trail. Today, this now-paved trail stretches all the way from Apex to Downtown Durham.



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