This weekend, I took my almost-eight-year-old son for his first camping trip. Some long-time family friends of ours have kids that are close in age to our children. We gathered the two families for a dinner including hot dogs roasted over a roaring fire, followed up with the always-popular s’mores. A bit before the 8pm park-closing, the wives took the younger children home, leaving my friend and I and our two sons to camp for the night. Continue reading “Camping at Falls Lake”
Blue Jay Point County Park
Blue Jay Point is one of my family’s favorite parks. Playground, hiking trails, sports fields, environmental education – Blue Jay Point has it all. Continue reading “Blue Jay Point County Park”
Cedar Hills Rotary Park
You may only know the Cedar Hills Rotary Park by the sign posted on Spring Forest Road near the intersection with Falls of the Neuse. If you’ve never explored this park, you’ve missed out on a nice neighborhood park with some unique features. Continue reading “Cedar Hills Rotary Park”
A Playground, Built in One Day
On Saturday, August 29th, at eight in the morning, more 200 volunteers gathered in an empty field at the Green Road park in Raleigh. By the end of the day, the neighborhood had a new playground to swing, slide and climb on. Continue reading “A Playground, Built in One Day”
E. Carroll Joyner Park (Wake Forest)
I typically feature only Raleigh parks, but branched out this weekend to check out Wake Forest’s E. Carroll Joyner park. Joyner Park is a 117 acre park about a mile east of US 1. Continue reading “E. Carroll Joyner Park (Wake Forest)”
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.
Pullen Park is known for it’s carousel, but many people don’t realize that there’s another antique carousel in downtown Raleigh. Continue reading “Chavis Park”
Laurel Hills Park
Laurel Hills Park is a staffed park that includes a community center, basketball courts and lit athletic fields. It is also the home to the amazing, handicapped-accessible All-Children’s Playground. Continue reading “Laurel Hills Park”
Durant Nature Park
Durant Nature Park is a 237 acre park located in North Raleigh, just north of I540. Park resources include five miles of hiking trails (some trails are designated OK for mountain biking), 2 lakes for fishing (and canoeing using park-provided canoes in the warmer months), an open field for games/sports, a sand volley-ball court and a playground. Check out the park’s features page on the City of Raleigh site for additional info.