Knightdale at a Glance
Like many of the Wake County towns, Knightdale began as a small farming community and then as a railroad town. It didn't take long for this area to blossom into a thriving suburb!
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Get to Know Knightdale, NC
Knightdale has been steadily growing since the early 1900s, when the railroad arrived and attracted new businesses and residents. It wasn't until the late 1900s, however, that Knightdale's population skyrocketed. That's due in part to the development of Research Triangle Park (RTP) in Durham and the I-540 Outer Loop around Raleigh.
Town planners have worked hard to accommodate Knightdale's recent growth and still maintain the small-town vibe. Downtown Knightdale is a great example of this: Local shops and services fill the historic brick storefronts along First Street, while Knightdale Station Park offers all kinds of modern facilities.
Knightdale has many qualities worth mentioning: quick access to the Knightdale Bypass and I-540 to Raleigh and RTP, schools within the nationally ranked Wake County Public School System, 5 parks and plenty of trails, its own brewing company and distillery, plenty of shopping centers and a variety of neighborhoods. It's no wonder, then, that Knightdale made Money Magazine's list of the best places to live in 2017!
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Must-Visit Knightdale Attractions
Not far from the Knightdale Station community off of Carolinian Avenue is the massive Knightdale Station Park. It doesn't just have a playground for the kids and a few trails to explore. It's home to the town's first dog park, the Turkey Leg 5K and Cupid Run, Food Truck Thursdays and more. The Phase II development plan calls for an amphitheater and a veterans memorial.
Knightdale's Restaurant Scene
You'll find plenty of places to eat in Knightdale. Choose from chain restaurants like IHOP and Chili's at Shoppes at Midway Plantation, food trucks like Pho Nomenal Dumpling and Cousins Maine Lobster during Food Truck Thursdays, or local beer from Oak City Brewing Company on First Avenue.
Other Local Hot Spots
Here are highlights for some of our top picks for Knightdale things to do and see:
- Knightdale Community Park
- Mingo Creek Park
- The Market @ Knightdale Station Park
- Dogtoberfest for four-legged friends
- East Regional Library
- Neuse River Trail
- Midtown Commons shopping center
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Travel & Commute
Raleigh: 15 miles (20 min.)
RTP: 30 miles (35 min.)
RDU Airport: 27 miles (30 min.)
Major Highways: I-540, Knightdale Bypass, US-64 Business
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