A day at Green Hills County Park (formerly North Wake Landfill District Park) provides a variety of recreational activities for all ages. The restroom facility is conveniently located next to the playground, trail access and picnic shelter.


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. 

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. External restrooms and water fountains are open.

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 August 15:

  • 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.
  • Camps are canceled through the end of 2020.

As of 5 p.m. June 26, the State of North Carolina has mandated that people must wear masks or cloth face coverings when in public and unable to adhere to social distancing guidelines. This applies at Wake County’s parks and preserves.

As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming at wakegov.com/parks/fromhome.


The playground is unsupervised and includes a kids lot (ages 5–12) and tot lot (ages 2–5). 


  • Tables

There are a limited number of picnic tables located around the playground area that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
  • Shelter

Green Hills County Park  has one picnic shelter with tables to accommodate larger groups (there are 10 regular tables and 2 handicapped tables). The shelter is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Capacity: 100 persons.
Note: There are NO grills at Green Hills County Park. Please do NOT bring grills to the park. No open flames or fires, no grills of any kind, no fireworks and no smoking. This innovative park is located adjacent to a recently closed landfill with a landfill gas (55% methane) collection system, and we must eliminate the potential for grass fires. Please read rules and regulations for additional information. If you are considering an event at GHCP involving 50 or more people, please read Green Hills Big Group Trip Guidelines for a successful visit.


  • Walking Trails 

Paved walking trails take you across Nance Spring Branch creek, around Nance Spring Loop, and connect all of the park facilities. 
  • Multi-use Trail "Top of the Hill Trail" 

Hike or bike to the top and enjoy spectacular views! On a clear day, you can see the Raleigh downtown skyline. You may access the top of the landfill from the "Top of the Hill Trail" gravel trail located near the park entrance sign--park at the Front Entrance parking lot and walk the concrete road to the right to access the Top of the Hill Trail. *Remain on the designated gravel trail at all times. Use of landfill hill slopes for any activity is prohibited.
  • Mountain Biking 

Green Hills County Park contains 2 miles of mountain bike trails built through a grant from North Carolina State Parks. The trails are designated for beginner and intermediate skill levels.
  • A skills area is also provided for those wishing to build their mountain biking skills and comfort level.
  • The mountain bike trails are subject to closure during inclement weather, special events and natural recovery.
  • All mountain bike trail users must use ANSI- or Snell-approved safety helmets.

 Open Play Area

The open play area is open to all and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Drone use is Prohibited   Remote Control Vehicle Policy