COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our visitors and staff remain the top priorities for Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. As Wake County follows the state’s phased approach to lift COVID-19 restrictions, we are also working to safely reopen park services in phases over the coming months.


Update: External restrooms and water fountains will reopen on Monday, June 1.


Wake County parks and preserves have been open throughout the pandemic. Visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the state, including gathering with no more than 25 people and maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person.


Measures to limiting the number of people allowed in the park at one time remain in place. If a gate is closed or cones are blocking the entrance, that means the park has reached capacity. Parks that are run by towns or cities may be operating differently—please reach out to them directly before visiting their parks.  


The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least June 30: 


·        Playgrounds and park centers are closed.


·        Park programs and events are canceled. 


·        Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.


·        Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are canceled. 


Looking for educational opportunities from home? 

Visit Parks from Home where you will find different activities created by park staff that will allow you to continue to enjoy the parks in a new way!




The most common registration questions are answered on our FAQ page.
If you still need further assistance after visiting that page or if you have a question about a program, please call the Harris Lake County Park office at 919-387-4342.
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Contact the Harris Lake County Park office at 919-387-4342 or email us at for assistance.