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Wake Forest, North Carolina Parks & Recreation Guide


If you’re on the hunt for outdoor fun in Wake Forest, NC, then check out our guide to the very best parks & recreation in the area.

E Carroll Joyner Park

This recently established park has built up quite a reputation during its relatively short lifespan. Locals love it for its many shady, wooded walking trails, comfortable benches, and striking sunsets. Dog owners love that it has ample space for frolicking with Fido, as well as many doggy cleanup stations. Music lovers come for Six Sundays in Spring, a concert series featuring jazz, bluegrass, zydeco, and more.

Holding Park

When the summer sun is beating down, you can quickly beat the heat at Holding Park’s swimming pool. This park also features a play structure complete with monkey bars, a swing set, slides, and so much more. The tall, old trees offer shady respite for when playtime is over, and the grassy field has plenty of room to go out for long passes.

North Raleigh Trail

From the trailhead at Falls of Neuse, to trail’s end at Perry Creek, the North Raleigh trail stretches more than eight pristine miles. Along the way, you’ll cross wooden bridges, skip stones on the river, see plenty of local critters, and probably meet a few other friendly hikers. North Raleigh Trail is just the place when you need to get some fresh air and sunshine.