10th annual Longleaf Festival

Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Longleaf Festival and the 20th anniversary of Harris Lake County Park!

The Longleaf Festival is a fun, family-friendly event that raises awareness for the longleaf pine and its special significance to North Carolina's past, present and future.

As the longleaf ecosystem ROCKETS into the future, be a part of the magic!

America's Longleaf Restoration Initiative has a challenge to reach 8 million acres, which is less than 10% of its original range in the USA. North Carolina is part of this challenge – learn how you can help!

Share the 2019 Longleaf Flier event flier!


Over 40 exhibitors covering a variety of fun, educational topics will be at the Festival. Many will include information on the longleaf pine's history, its value as an ecosystem, how it is managed with fire, the wildlife and plants that depend on the longleaf pine and many more natural resource topics, and some for just plain fun.

See all the agencies and organizations below that are partnering with Harris Lake County Park to bring you this amazing event, with more to come!


Scavenger Hunt

Participate in the Family Friendly Scavenger Hunt to be sure you visit all the Longleaf-related exhibitors. Each child will receive a prize for completing and learning about the longleaf pine!

Getting tickets to ride the Longleaf Express:

Longleaf Express

Experience the magic of the Longleaf Pine on a tour of our 60-acre, restored Longleaf Forest guided by NC Forest Service staff!

Rides will depart at 10 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 11:20 a.m., noon, 12:40 p.m. and 1:20 p.m.

  • Tickets and seats are free but limited, and tickets are first come, first served!
  • Get your tickets at the Longleaf Express Station at the tent near the playground.
  • The ride will last about 30 minutes.
Other fun things to do: 
LL Bottlebrush stage

Sit back, relax and delight in the musical stylings of Jmax Driver from 10–10:45 a.m., Tracy S. Feldman from 11–11:45 a.m. and the Kudzu Ramblers at noon in theLongleaf Shelter!

Join Earl Ijames for his talk "Gone with the Wind: How the Civil War Ushered in the Decline of the Turpentining Industry" at 1:15 p.m. in the Longleaf Shelter!

See live reptiles and amphibians (touch a snake!) in the Loblolly Shelter and see birds of prey up close with CLAWS, Inc., in the Cypress Shelter! *Just announced: Two special bird releases will take place at the event! A Great Horned Owl will be released at 10:30 a.m. on the open playfield, and a Barred Owl at 11 a.m. in the field adjacent to the Cypress Shelter!

Try your skills on our rock climbing wall and young children will love the inflatable!

Check out the many games and crafts on hand for kids (and adults)!

Enjoy a cool treat from Bruster's Real Ice Cream and grab lunch from Big Mike's BBQ (serving a variety of barbecue) or Oink N Moo by two brothers (serving a brisket or bacon, egg and cheese breakfast burrito, orange juice and coffee for the early birds and smoked hamburgers, hot dogs and yummy sweet potatoes)! Snacks will be provided by the New Hill Community Center!


Park in our parking field. Ride the parking shuttle to the event area, or walk through the woods following a temporary interpretive trail set up just for Longleaf Festival!



This FREE event does not require registration.

If you have questions, please call the park office at 919-387-4342.