Historic Oak View County Park

This pre-Civil War era farmstead features several restored buildings, including a farmhouse, barn, and carriage house. The site also features the Farm History Center, a cotton museum, 17-acre pecan grove, herb garden, and family cemetery.

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Jordan Lake, located southwest of Durham and Chapel Hill, offers more than 13,000 acres of recreational shoreline. The lake boasts nine different recreational areas, including a bald eagle observation platform just off Highway 751 South and...  Read More

William B. Umstead State Park

Next to the Raleigh-Durham airport, you'll find this 5381-acre park featuring hiking, biking, horse-back riding trails, camping, fishing and boat rentals. There are two sections, the Reedy Creek section which can be accessed from Harrison Avenue...  Read More


Raleigh's Theatre in the Park and Aquatic Center are both located in downtown Pullen Park. For over 100 years, this park has offered a wide range of recreational activities for the entire family. Boat rental, picnic areas, and tennis courts are...  Read More

Lake Wheeler Park

You'll find Lake Wheeler due south of downtown Raleigh, past the NCSU Farms. This idyllic recreational lake offers some of the best fishing in the area (you must have a license!). A day spent at Lake Wheeler Park is a popular afternoon...  Read More

Lake Crabtree County Park

Wake County's Lake Crabtree County Park is situated northwest of downtown Raleigh just off Interstate-40. The park is an ideal place to spend the afternoon picnicking, hiking, or even paddling a boat across the serene lake. For children and...  Read More

Falls Lake State Recreation Area

Located just a few miles north of downtown Raleigh, this man-made recreational lake offers a variety of opportunities for a relaxing afternoon away from the traffic and noise of downtown Durham and Raleigh. Special attractions here include...  Read More

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve and Stevens Nature Center

Hemlock Bluffs and the Stevens Nature Center provide guests with unique opportunities to learn more about wildlife, conservation, and natural history. The center hosts several educational programs throughout the year, including chances to prowl...  Read More