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Top park recommendations from locals

Park
“Beautiful gem of a State Park. Walking trails, some short and more trafficked, some narrow and quiet. River with rapids, wading areas, and a few picnic areas. ”
  • 60 locals recommend
Garden
“The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a botanical garden operated by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The primary goal of the Garden is to research, catalog, and promote the native plant species of North Carolina”
  • 17 locals recommend
Forest
“Mtn biking. Hiking. Walking dogs! Access it from the end of Hanna St. or Thomas Ln.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Garden
“Definitely stop by this tiny gem! One square block in the middle of UNC campus, the Coker Arboretum is lush with indigenous plants and a great favorite with undergrads on sunny days. You can walk its winding trails or sit on a bench to enjoy a feel for NC plants, flowers, and trees. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Park
“You'll need to drive to this one, but one of my favorite hikes with fantastic views from the top. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Filled with running/walking trails near our Airbnb, this area will allow you to get out and exercise if you'd like a trail option. The Al Buehler trail is the most popular loop, but other trails on the other side of highway 751 offer less crowded options.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Park
“Great for biking or walking in the beautiful NC woods with paved and dirt trails. Short trails and long trails for everyone. Tables for enjoying a picnic and playgrounds children. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“302 Highway 54 West, Carrboro Formerly known as Carrboro Community Park, Henry Anderson III Community Park is located on 55 acres on Highway 54 West, 1/4 mile west of the Highway 54 / Old Fayetteville Road intersection. Features 55 acres Baseball / Softball Fields (4 lighted) Multi-Purpose Field (1 lighted) Basketball Courts (2 lighted) Tennis Courts (2) Sand Volleyball Court Horseshoe Pits (8) 18-Hole Disc Golf Course (Course Map) Fenced Dog Park/Leash-Free Area (Dog Park Rules) 2.4 acre Fishing Pond Walking Trail (0.50 miles) Pavilion Picnic Tables Grills Open Space Restrooms”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Southern Entrance 1000 Dogwood Acres Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27516 Hours: Dawn to Dusk Rental Opportunities: Fields, Picnic Shelters, Inline Hockey Court Restrooms Rest Rooms: Yes (north entrance) Features: Athletic Fields (3) Basketball Court (outdoor) Disk Golf Course Dog Park Dog Park (2 acre) Inline Hockey Court Picnic Area/Picnic Shelter Playground Equipment ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“bird-watching, run around the reserve (about 2 miles around); not recommended btw June-Sept due to bugs. Early AMs are the best”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Gorgeous gardens that are definitely worth a visit in the spring and summer, but may also surprise you with their beauty on a nice fall or winter day.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“Great place for kids to play. Fields, paths for skating, scootering, skateboarding, and jungle gyms for the little ones. Pool nearby.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“This is a secret destination, that many in Chapel Hill don't know about! Recently created by the Triangle Land Conservancy, Brumley Forest Nature Preserve has a few miles of trails and is worth the drive (about 15 minutes away by car). Good for walking, biking, or picnicing!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“This is a hidden gem just about 6 miles from the cabin. There is fishing, paddle boats, playgrounds and nature trails. My boys grew up here and love it still to this day despite their worldly exposure.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Park
“nice trails - well marked and can mix and match the trails to be a short out and back or several miles if you go into Duke Forest as well.”
  • 1 local recommends