Brookhaven Nature Park

One of my inspirations for creating this blog is the adventure of finding out about parks that I’ve never visited. Today, I checked out the Brookhaven Nature Park, hidden just off Gleenwood Ave a bit west of Crabtree Valley Mall. Brookhaven is a surprisingly peaceful park that’s fairly close to some busy Raleigh thoroughfares.

Maintained by the Junior Woman’s Club of Raleigh, Brookhaven contains a network of paved and natural hiking trails, crisscrossing a small tributary of Crabtree Creek. Abundant shade makes this park an excellent destination on a hot summer day. I wasn’t able to find any information about the length of the trails, but it seemed to me that the main trail was no more than a quarter of a mile or so. Picnic tables at the park entrance offer a shady spot for a meal, but also serve as a nature center for programs provided by the city. A small pond at the east side of the park is a fun destination for the little ones.

Although signs suggest that parts of the trail are wheelchair-accessible, the grade appeared a bit steep (to my admittedly untrained eye). Also – a word of warning: the mosquitoes love the wet ground around the creek tributaries. Plan on bringing your bug-repellent.