Since its humble beginnings, the town of Fuquay-Varina has always attracted visitors interested in an outdoor getaway. So, get out of the house, get your sunscreen ready and check these parks out.
Fuquay-Varina, located in North Carolina's Wake County, began as two separate towns.
Sometime around 1858, a resident of the area discovered a mineral spring. People came from all over to enjoy the restorative properties of the mineral water and the natural beauty of the area.
Fast forward to today and Fuquay-Varina is one of the fastest growing small towns in North Carolina yet somehow it still has a small town charm. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the many trails and green spaces the town has to offer. What If you could improve your health and happiness just by taking a walk in the park?
Well, researchers have found that spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, can lower stress, blood pressure, and heart rate. The researchers also found that spending time in green space improves mood and mental health.
In fact, according to the experts spending just 20 minutes in a park, even if you don't exercise while you are there, it is sufficient to improve your well-being.
We put together this guide to help you learn more about the more than 300 acres of parks and recreation available in your community.
Visitor's Guide to the Parks of Fuquay-Varina, Raleigh, NC
If you like spending time outdoors, Fuquay-Varina has plenty to offer. Here are some great places you can be active or kick back and enjoy nature.
Fuquay Mineral Spring Park
Located at 105 West Spring Street, this local attraction brings open space downtown Fuquay. It is home to a restored Springhouse, immaculate landscaping, and a walking track with a memorial brick path and a footbridge.
If you head over to 900 South Main Street, you'll discover a 25-acre park that is home to many exciting activities. You can enjoy The Splash Pad -- a water park that's the perfect escape on a hot North Carolina day. Many of Fuquay-Varina special events are held at this park, like Teen Day and the Easter Egg Hunt. You'll also find illuminated and fenced-in baseball and softball fields, a batting cage, two playgrounds, a batting cage, picnic shelter, and a quarter-mile walking/jogging track. And if you're up for it, South Park is also a trail head for the Jeff Wells Trail.
This is the oldest of Fuquay-Varina's 20 parks and the second-most visited park in town after South Park and the community center. The multi-use park sits on 5 acres and has fields, an outdoor stage, picnic shelters, and a walking loop. Falcon Park has new playground equipment kids can enjoy. You can even enjoy a Movie in the Park.
Action Park is located off of Wake Chapel Road if you're headed into downtown Fuquay on Hwy 55. It has batting cages, well-maintained baseball and softball fields, and a playground with a jungle gym. The park also has tennis courts and sits on 14 acres.
Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Education Park
This is a great place to rediscover nature. In 1992, the late Mayor Alfred Johnson and his wife Carroll Howard Johnson donated a 20-acre tract of land to the town to help with environmental education. In 1998, Horace Tart gave another 8 acres. CHJEEP is home to "The Haunted Trail" event as well as a 2-mile nature trail with bridges and overlooks. The park also has a picnic area, an amphitheater, and plenty of educational signs to help you figure out what you're looking and share natural history information.
Ballentine School Park
Located at 1651 North McLaurin Lane and sitting on 15 acres, Ballentine School Park has plenty of open space for playing games, flying kites, or whatever you can imagine. There are baseball and softball fields as well as a multi-purpose field. There are also restrooms and a concession stand.
This is a smaller park -- just 1 acre -- located next to the Fuquay-Varina History Museum Complex. It is a great place to unwind after visiting the museums which house a two-room schoolhouse, the town's first post office, and Centennial Museum. You can bring a picnic, let the kids explore Library Park Playground, or just take a walk through the park.
Honeycutt Road Park
This park is on Fitness Drive. It has lots for young children to do like swings, slides, tunnels, and a jungle gym. There are climbing walls on the playground, a soccer field, tennis court, picnic shelters, and a walking track.
Kinton Soccer Field
Located at 300 West Ransom Street, this 2-acre park has a multi-purpose field, but as the name suggests, a lot of soccer is played here.
Ransdell Soccer Field
If you head over to 1501 Ideal Lane, you'll find 4 acres of green space dedicated to sports.
Fleming Loop Soccer Complex
Fleming Loop Park offers more than just soccer. The park has 36 acres of multi-use ball fields and is a great location to fly drones or kites on a beautiful day. Located in the heart of Fuquay-Varina, this park is also home to the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest, a free community event that usually takes place around Memorial Day. The park is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation.
Herbert Akins Park
Located at 2255 Herbert Akins Road, Herbert Akins Park has three soccer fields and sits on 10 acres. On a beautiful day, it's a great place to enjoy the weather.
Banks Road Park
If you're looking for wide open space for recreation, this park has 14 acres of mostly ball fields.
Alston Ridge Park
This neighborhood park has about three acres of grassy wide open fields making it a great place to play and picnic. There are picnic shelters and benches, a playground, and a walking track with beautiful views.
Fuquay-Varina Downtown Dog Park
This 8-acre park is the perfect place to let your canine friends run themselves silly. There are two sections, one for large dogs and one for small dogs -- with water fountains in each section and lots of pet waste disposal stations. The trees provide shade to keep pups cool. You can't beat the free admission.
Fuquay-Varina Museums at Ashworth Park
This is the home of many of Fuquay-Varina's historic structures. These include the J.D. "Squire" Ballentine School, the first Fuquay Springs Post Office, the Tobacco Barn, and the Johnson Playhouse, and The Norfolk Southern Caboose #375 (currently being restored) and a planned reconstructed first depot. The facilities are easily accessed with handicap facilities.
James A. Campbell Park
This is the former West Jones Street Park, and it offers a small green space in the middle of the neighborhood. There is a paved trail, jungle gym, playground, and picnic shelters.
South Lakes Greenway
This 1.3-mile trail lets you see wildlife, enjoy a relaxing walk or run, or jaunt with your dog. There are doggie bag stations and picnic tables. You'll find it in the South Lakes subdivision. Plans are in work to connect it via additional trails to Old Honeycutt Park.
William Freeman Park
This 2-acre park is a fun place for kids to play. The multi-purpose field is perfect for outdoor recreation.
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