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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: Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space reopened to the public on Saturday, Sept. 5. Visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distance, wear masks or cloth face coverings, and wash or sanitize their hands often.

Wake County park and preserve visitors must comply with guidelines set forth by the State of North Carolina, including gathering with no more than 50 people, maintaining physical distance of at least six feet from any other person, and wearing a mask or cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible.

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 Sept. 30: 

  • 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. 

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 is available at


Wake County Government desires to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for all patrons of Green Hills County Park (formerly North Wake Landfill District Park).  With this in mind, please adhere to the following rules & regulations:
  1. NO open flames or fires, NO grills of any kind, NO fireworks, NO smoking and NO model rockets. 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.
  2. Remain on the designated paths around and on the landfill at all times. To prevent injury, do not walk or ride bikes on the slopes of the landfill. 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.
  3. Speed limit is 20 mph.
  4. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet. (Please clean up after your pet.)
  5. Park only in designated areas, not along road shoulders.
  6. Model Rocket and Drone use is prohibited. View the Green Hills Model Rocket, Drone and RC Vehicle policy.
  7. View the Green Hills Big Group Trip Guidelines
  8. The following are prohibited:
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Use of any tobacco or vapor products
    • Firearms*
    • Feeding of wildlife in the park
    • Hunting
    • Overnight camping
    • Collection, removal or release of any plant or animal material
    • Amplified music

*This does not prohibit concealed handgun permit holders from legally carrying a concealed handgun in accordance with N.C.G.S. 14-415.11.