Blue Jay Point County Park

Blue Jay Point County Park

Address: 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614 - MAP
Phone: (919) 870-4330
Web: www.wakegov.com

Regardless of whether you want to take it all in on your own or need a little assistance, the natural beauty and all that it has to offer you is on display over the 236 acres of Blue Jay Point County Park.

Picnic areas, play fields and playgrounds are just a few of the many featured outdoor attractions of this park located on the shores of Falls Lake in northern Wake County. So bring your sunglasses, sun block, and picnic basket to enjoy a great day in one of nature's finest displays.

Canoe Trail

Canoe Trail

Address: 12098 Falls of Neuse Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614 - MAP
Phone: (919) 996-3285
Web: www.raleighnc.gov

Nothing like enjoying some of Raleigh's most picturesque nature from behind a pair of canoe oars. See it for yourself along 17 miles of the Neuse River on the inviting Canoe Trail. The facility offers five canoe launches and it is all provided by the Parks and Recreation Department who also offer trained personnel to help if you need it.

Durant Nature Park

Durant Nature Park

Address: 8305 Camp Durant Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614 - MAP
Phone: (919) 870-2871
Web: www.raleighnc.gov

Durant Nature Park offers not only a chance to stroll the impressive five miles of trails, but you can also relax outdoors and take in a picnic lunch as well as the beautiful foliage that makes this park such a gem of natural beauty.

Historic Oak View County Park

Historic Oak View County Park

Address: 4028 Carya Dr, Raleigh, NC 27610 - MAP
Phone: (919) 250-1013
Web: www.wakegov.com

The Historic Oak View County Park combines some of the area's rich history with nature's finest attributes for a stunningly beautiful view all the way around.

This antebellum farmstead has an 1855 Greek Revival house at its center, a cotton gin house museum and a rustic livestock barn, among other attractions. Aside from the picnic areas and playing fields, you can learn more by stopping in to the Farm History Center where the kids will enjoy playing (and learning) in the interactive "Farmer's Corner."

Lake Wheeler Park

Lake Wheeler Park

Address: 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd, Raleigh, NC 27603 - MAP
Phone: (919) 662-5704
Web: www.raleighnc.gov

Instead of just relaxing by a lake, why not relax in it! That's precisely what you can do at Lake Wheeler Park. Sure, there are spacious areas for picnicking and outdoor recreation, but you can also go fishing, canoeing, sailing and kayaking. If you need help, find it at the Waterfront Program Center.

Oakwood Dog Park

Oakwood Dog Park

Address: 910 Brookside Dr, Raleigh, NC 27604 - MAP
Phone: (919) 890-3292
Web: www.oakwooddogpark.com

If man's best friend is part of your family, he needs to get out and enjoy some recreation just like you do. Take your dog to the Oakwood Dog Park for a great game of fetch or just let him run around and enjoy the thrill of being outdoors. There is a large dog area as well as a small dog area for older dogs or those that may be anxious around larger dogs. Either way, the exercise and fun will benefit both dog and owner!

Shelley Lake

Shelley Lake

Address: 1400 W Millbrook Rd, Raleigh, NC 27612 - MAP
Phone: (919) 996-2329
Web: www.raleighnc.gov

Shelley Lake is a 53-acre lake/park combination that features plenty of outdoor fun, with two miles of paved, scenic greenway trails that also include exercise stations along the way.

Enjoy fishing, canoeing, sailing and row-boating on the lake; there is a fee for boat rentals. Come out and enjoy a brisk walk or maybe a romantic boat ride and stay and watch the sun set with your family or that special someone.

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