It’s summertime, Raleigh! With the spread of COVID-19 affecting how we all spend our leisure time, we at least know the great outdoors is always here for us. Wake County is home to many alluring parks, greenways, and outdoor retreats. Here in Raleigh, we house some of the best green spaces the county has to offer.
The City of Raleigh passed several new rules to maintain public health safety in public green spaces and parks. Facility and boat rentals are suspended, playgrounds and activity centers remain closed throughout the crisis, and summer programs are canceled. Many parks are adhering to a limited opening capacity. Further, all parks strongly encourage to adhere to social distancing guidelines laid out by the state. On June 26, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper passed an Executive Order requiring face coverings to be worn in public at all times, so have that handy when you visit a park! We encourage visiting the link to each park listed below to learn more about their specific policies before visiting.
Now, Revisn’s top park picks in Raleigh, North Carolina!
Located off US 40 and US 70 Interstates with two separate park entrances, Umstead Park boasts some of the most walkable and beautiful trails in all of Wake County. Hiking trails and lush forests surround three dazzling man-made lakes. We recommend Umstead Park as the ideal afternoon getaway—you will forget you are in Raleigh! The design of each park trail keeps people of varying hiking skill in mind, so every visit fits your needs.
Yates Mill County Park is a 174-acre wildlife refuge and environmental research center—a hidden gem tucked away in the corner of Raleigh near Lake Wheeler. While the park’s well-known informative mill tours and corn grinding demonstrations are on pause, take a stroll around one of the many trails around the 20-acre pond. Spot native NC trees and bird watch with your loved ones for a fun and educational afternoon!
The ultimate park experience awaits you at Neuse River Trail. This nearly 30-mile paved nature trail, sprawling through Johnston County through Raleigh up to Knightdale, crosses through scenic lake views, wetlands, and educational resources. Neuse River Trail also houses many agricultural fields. Traverse across bridges and through the lush landscapes of our Piedmont region on your next afternoon out!
Known for its amusements and concessions, Pullen Park is a staple park here in Raleigh located just outside of Downtown. Even though their public amusements are closed for now, Pullen’s scenery is enough to get you out of the house. Enjoy a picnic in the shade with your loved ones, schedule socially distanced outings in their fields, or just head out for a relaxing walk while enjoying the sunshine.
Raleigh’s latest green space, Dix Park, is the best option for those looking for large fields for gathering, relaxing, and exercising. Open daily, Dix’s ample space for social distancing has become a favorite for Raleighites during these times. Ditch your yard and enjoy the great outdoors at Dix this summer!