Our Favorite Parks
One of our favorite things about living in Southeastern North Carolina is the availability of so much unspoiled land to wander in the form of beautiful municipal, state, and national parks. Whether you’re looking for a long solitary hike with your four-legged friend, or a fun, safe playground to entertain the kiddos, our area has a number of options for you to explore and enjoy. We asked our agents and staff to tell us about their favorites so we could pass the info on to you!
Olsen Park or, as my daughter calls it, the red park (she names every park after the color of the slides). The playground is enclosed by a fence and has rubber padding, which is so much better than the mulch other parks have. It's an all-inclusive park and has a lot of options for both younger (toddler/preschool) and older kids. So, both my kids are entertained.
Love Greenfield Lake Park! From running races, or watching friends during Ironman races there, to paddle boating there with my daughter years ago. You can walk and enjoy the trail, but keep an eye out for alligators. Looking forward to getting to some of the concerts at the Amphitheater this summer!
CB Lake is great to walk the dogs!
Greenfield Skatepark, my son and Grandson, Oliver, love it.
Hugh MacRae Park is always fun, dog parks for both large and small dogs as well as a walking trail and shelters for picnics!
--Megan Sexton, Agent Liaison, Wilmington (Autumn Hall) Office
Poplar Grove. It is cooler in the summer heat with all of the shade provided by the awesome forest setting around a lake. Also, you don't get in trouble for letting your dog run free.
I have two favorite parks to take sunset pictures.
The first is Soundside Park near the new Surf City Bridge is very kid friendly! It has a playground area, shaded picnic tables, a stage for concerts/events, and a boat ramp on the Intercoastal Waterway. Park your car and bike, jog, or walk along the wooden bridges to get to the new Surf City Bridge. You can get some exercise with family and friends while getting the perfect water and sunset photos. The Town of Surf City hosts free movies in the park.
The second is Kenneth L. Batts Family Park in Surf City. The park has a long handicap friendly boardwalk that is very popular with tourists and locals alike for taking sunset pictures. It also offers a small playground, basketball court, and a covered picnic area. The parking lot is small so you’ll want to get there a little before sunset.