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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Blue Jay Point County Park
Blue Jay Point County Park

(919) 870-4330

3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614   Directions Website

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.

Durant Nature Park
Durant Nature Park

(919) 870-2871

8305 Camp Durant Rd
Raleigh, NC 27614   Directions Website

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

(919) 250-1013

4028 Carya Dr
Raleigh, NC 27610   Directions Website

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

(919) 662-5704

6404 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC 27603   Directions Website

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

(919) 890-3292

910 Brookside Dr
Raleigh, NC 27604   Directions Website

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

(919) 996-2329

1400 W Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC 27612   Directions Website

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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