Our Favorite Playgrounds Across the Triangle

As a father of four children under ten years old, one of our favorite ways to spend time together as a family is on the playground at a local park. There is nothing better than packing a picnic lunch, loading up our vehicle, and traveling to a local park to play and enjoy a picnicContinue reading “Our Favorite Playgrounds Across the Triangle”

Clemmons Educational State Forest

Facts & Figures Address: 2256 Old U.S. Hwy 70, Clayton, NC 27520 County: Johnston and Wake Size: 825 acres, 1.289 square miles Hours: Saturday & Sunday: 11am-8pm Monday: Closed Tuesday-Friday: 9am-5pm Phone: (919) 553-5651 Website: https://www.ncesf.org/clemmons.html Management: North Carolina Forest Service Activities/Amenities: Outdoor Education Workshops Picnic Facilities Ranger Conducted Classes Trails Forest Geology Trail with “TalkingContinue reading “Clemmons Educational State Forest”

Lake Wheeler Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603 Size: 800 acres (650 acres of lake, 150 acres of land and buffer) Opened: Constructed in 1956 with the aid of the Army Corps of Engineers Hours: Open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closed on Mondays – October through March) Phone: (919)Continue reading “Lake Wheeler Park”

Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve

Facts & Figures Address: 2626 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27518 County: Wake Size: 140 acres Hours: Open daily from 9:00am to sunset Phone: (919) 387-5980 Websites: https://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/parks-greenways-environment/parks/stevens-nature-center-at-hemlock-bluffs-nature-preserve https://www.hemlockbluffs.org Management: Joint partnership between the Town of Cary, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources and the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks &Continue reading “Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve”

A Fall Family Hiking Tradition

As I recently mentioned on the Let’s Talk Parks podcast episode 2.16: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors with Dave Herpy and as I shared in my Fall Favorites Around the Triangle article last September 2019 in Carolina Parent Magazine, my favorite way to connect our children to the outdoors has always been hiking. With anContinue reading “A Fall Family Hiking Tradition”


Facts and Figures Address: Hillsborough Street, NC State University Campus – Raleigh, NC Attendance: 55,000-80,000 +/- people annually, average attendance Date: Third or Fourth Saturday in August (cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19) Hours: 2:00pm – 10:00pm Phone: (919) 800-0135 Website: https://packapalooza.ncsu.edu Management: North Carolina State University, with presenting sponsorship by Live It Up! Hillsborough Street Photos Overview Packapalooza is aContinue reading “Packapalooza”

North Carolina State Fair

Facts and Figures Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 Attendance: 1,000,000 +/- people annually, average total attendance Dates: October 15-25, 2020 (subject to cancellation due to COVID-19) Hours: 9:00am – 9:00pm Phone: (919) 821-7400 Website: http://www.ncstatefair.org Management: North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services Overview The North Carolina State Fair is anContinue reading “North Carolina State Fair”

Eno River State Park

Facts & Figures Address: 6101 Cole Mill Rd, Durham, NC 27705 Counties: Durham, Orange Size: 4,312 acres Hours: Open daily from 7:30am to 9:30pm Phone: (919) 383-1686 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/eno-river-state-park/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Camping Hiking Paddling Fishing Picnicking Overview Located in Durham, North Carolina, EnoContinue reading “Eno River State Park”

Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area

Facts & Figures Address: 625 Virginia Cates Rd, Hillsborough, NC 27278 County: Orange Size: 206 acres Hours: Open daily from 8:00am to 9:00pm Phone: (919) 383-1686 Website: https://www.ncparks.gov/occoneechee-mountain-state-natural-area/home Management: North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Division of Parks & Recreation Activities/Amenities: Hiking Fishing Picnicking Photos Overview Located in Hillsborough, North Carolina in OrangeContinue reading “Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area”

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