THE GREAT OUTDOORS

North Carolina State Parks & Recreation
www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject
919-733-7275
919-733-4181
 
     
Chatham County Parks & Recreation
No Website
919-542-8252  
     
Durham County Parks & Recreation
www.ci.durham.nc.us
919-560-4355  
     
Johnston County    
919-553-1550  
919-934-2148  
919-975-1411  
Orange County    
  • Orange County Recreation & Parks
919-968-4501  
919-968-2784  
919-968-7703  
     
Wake County    
919-857-9374  
919-831-6640  
919-772-8765  
919-217-2230  
919-269-8265  
     
RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES    
Cane Creek Reservoir
Highway 54, 8 miles west of Carrboro
919-942-5790
 
This 540-acre lake features nature trails, picnic area, fishing, and sunbathing
area. Canoes, rowboats and trolling motors are available for rental.
   
     
City of Raleigh Greenway Trails
www.raleigh-nc.org/parks&rec/greenway.asp
919-890-3285
 
Conveniently located throughout Raleigh there are more than 35 miles of
surfaced hiking, jogging, biking and nature trails, outfitted with picnic areas.
   
     
Clemmons Educational State Forest
2411 Garner Rd., Clayton
919-553-5651
 
www.dfr.state.nc.us/esf/cesf/cesf_home.htm
The "talking tree" trail is featured at this environmental educational facility as
well as ranger-led programs, hiking trails, picnic areas and camping.
   
     
Duke Chapel & Garden
(Duke University, Durham)
919-684-2572
 
Chapel: www.chapel.duke.edu/chapel/home
Garden: 919-684-3698. On the university's west campus is a 55-acre garden,
which features a wisteria-covered pergola, terraced garden and lily pond.
   
     
Ellen Mordecai Garden
(Mimosa St. & Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh)
919-834-4844
 
www.visitraleigh.com/group/gtatgardens.html
Mid-19th century vegetable, herb and flower garden recreated from
first-hand descriptions of the 1830's Mordecai kitchen garden.
   
     
Eno River State Park
(End of Cole Mill Rd. near Pleasant Green Rd., Durham)
919-383-1686
 
www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject
Primitive backpacking campsites, fishing, canoeing and 18 miles of hiking trails
are offered in this 2,800-acre natural area.
   
     
Falls Lake State Recreation Area
(13304 Creedmoor Rd., Wake Forest)
919-676-1027
 
www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject
Hiking, camping, boating, fishing, swimming, picnic areas and playgrounds
are available.
   
     
Fantasy Lake Scuba Park
(3601 Quarry Rd., Rolesville)
919-556-1803
 
Featuring 100 acres of water and camping sites, complete scuba gear rental
is available here.
   
     
Fred G. Bond Metro Park
(801 High House Rd., Cary)
919-469-4100
 
This 310-acre facility contains hiking and fitness trails, athletic fields, picnic
shelters, a 42-acre fishing/recreation lake with boat rentals, a playground,
and an amphitheatre.
   
     
Hemlock Bluff's Nature Preserve/Stevens Nature Center
(2616 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary)
919-387-5980
 
www.townofcary.org
Trails with mountain-like vegetation are encompassed within these 150 acres
along Swift Creek. The Stevens Nature Center offers nature programs.
   
     
Jordan Lake
(280 State Park Rd., Apex)
919-362-0586
 
www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject
This 13,900-acre lake in Chatham County offers a commercial marina,
boating, fishing, swimming and camping.
   
     
Lake Crabtree County Park
(1400 Aviation Parkway)
919-460-3390
 
www.wakegov.com/locations/lakecrabtree.htm
This 520-acre lake offers boat rentals, playgrounds, open fields, cycling,
hiking and nature trails. Fishing from the bank as well as a platform is allowed
and the fishing pier is accessible to the physically challenged.
   
     
Lake Michael
(Lebanon Rd., Mebane)
919-563-4573
 
This lake offers fishing, pontoon boats, paddle boats, volleyball, picnic
shelters and walking trails.
   
     
Lake Wheeler
(6404 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh)
919-662-5704
 
At this 635-acre lake surrounded by 60 acres of park land, there is
kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing, fishing, picnicking and volleyball. A small conference
center, classes, and concessions are available at the Waterfront
Program Center.
   
     
Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Gardens
(At Rock Quarry Rd. & Martin Luther King Blvd., Raleigh)
 
919-834-6264
 
www.king-raleigh.org
This park features a life-size bronze statue of Dr. King surrounded by a vivid array of
plants and trees. A 12-ton granite water monument pays tribute to other distinguished
pioneers in the civil rights movement.
   
     
Montrose Gardens
(320 St. Mary's Rd., Hillsborough)
 
919-732-7787
 
 www.chocvb.org
Dating back to the 19th century, these gardens feature perennials, a plethora of
flowering bulbs, dianthus trail, woodlands and a rock garden.
   
     
Neuse River Canoe Launches
(Raleigh)
919-890-3285
 
Four canoe launches complete with gravel driveways, metal slide ramps and stone
steps are located at Falls Dam (Falls of Neuse Launch); Elizabeth Dr. (Buffalo Rd.
Launch); Old Milburnie Rd. off US 64 E (Neuse River East Launch); and Poole Rd.
(Poole Rd. Launch).
   
     
Norman's Stables
(5713 Norman's Rd., north of Hillsborough)
919-732-5739
 
Guided horseback rides through scenic woods in Orange County.    
     
Pullen Park
520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh
919-831-6468
 
At this 65-acre park in downtown Raleigh, where visitors can enjoy a twirl on the
restored 1911 Dentzel Carousel, a trip on the train, or a pedal boat ride on the lake. Picnic
areas, concessions and swimming pool are also available.
   
     
Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden
(301 Pague St., Raleigh)
919-821-4579
 
www.visitraleigh.com/visit/thingstodo/parks.html
This historic garden in a residential neighborhood near NC State features seasonal
flowers (including over 1000 roses from 60 different varieties blossoming from late
May until fall), trees, shrubs and an amphitheatre where performances are held.
   
     
Shelley Lake
(1400 Millbrook Rd., Raleigh)
919-420-2331
 
Visitors will delight in canoeing, row boating, pedal boating, sailing, fishing,
picnicking, biking and hiking along the trails that surround this 50-acre lake.
   
     
Silver Lake Water Park
(5300 Tryon Rd., Raleigh)
919-851-1683
 
This water park offers boat rides, swimming, games, picnicking and a 5-story water slide.    
     
University Lake
(400 Old Fayetteville Rd., Chapel Hill)
919-942-8007
 
www.duke.edu/~cwcook/tbg/ulake.html
Features canoeing, paddle boats, fishing and picnic facilities.
   
     
William B. Umstead State Park
(8801 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh)
919-571-4170
 
www.ils.unc.edu/parkproject
This park offers camping, fishing, row boating, picnicking and 17 miles of hiking trails.
Horseback riding trails are also available.
   
     
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