Thanks for celebrating with us at our 8th annual Longleaf Festival on Saturday, May 20!
 
 
Save the Date for our 9th annual Longleaf Festival: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018!
 
Harris Lake County Park (2112 County Park Drive, New Hill)
 
  
Forest Service Booth website.jpg 
 
We would like to extend a huge thank-you to all of the agencies and organizations, food trucks, volunteers, 
park staff and, of course, our visitors who made the 
2017 Longleaf Festival so special!
Thank you, Kyle Joynes, for keeping us entertained all day – what a treat!
We had 2,100 visitors come out to enjoy the event!

A special thanks to the following stores for providing our exhibitors and volunteers with snacks:
Food Lion at Ten Ten Rd. and Holly Springs Rd. and 
Harris Teeter in Holly Springs and at Sunset Lake Rd.
 
Longleaf Festival celebrates the longleaf pine ecosystem. At this free festival you will learn about the life of the longleaf pine, how it is managed with fire, its history and the wildlife and plants that depend on its natural habitat.
 
Visit with over 40 agencies and organizations with interactive exhibits and information to share about longleaf pines and other fun topics.
 
Get a ticket to ride the Longleaf Express to our 60-acre restored Longleaf Forest where you will see renewed life after our January 2016 prescribed burn.
 
See live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians up close - touch a snake!
 
Enjoy the many games and crafts on hand for kids (and adults!).
 
Join Earl Ijames, curator with the NC Museum of History, to hear "The Last of the Tar Heels and the Battle of Bentonville" from 1:15–1:30 p.m. This special talk focuses on the importance of longleaf pines at the Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site.
 
Relax and listen to live entertainment by Kyle Joynes and plan to have lunch from the food trucks – RedEye Barbeque, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, 2 Chefs on the Go and Buzzy Bakes Mobile Bakery and Coffee Bar.
 
Plan to park in our parking field. Ride the parking shuttle to the event area, or choose to walk through the woods while searching for items on a scavenger hunt!
 
There is something for everyone to enjoy!
 
 
Please help us promote this event!
 

The following agencies and organizations did a wonderful job providing educational information and interactive activities at our 2017 Festival:
 

Longleaf Express:
 
Ride the Longleaf Express wagon out to our 60-acre longleaf forest with NC Forest Service staff as your guide.
Experience the longleaf pines up close on this ride out and back with one stop for a brief walk among the pines.
 
We will be issuing tickets for the Longleaf Express!
Tickets and seats are free but limited, and tickets are first come, first served!
Get your tickets at the Information Tent near the restrooms.
The ride will last about 40 minutes.
 
Rides will depart at:
11:10 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:10 p.m., 1:50 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
 
This FREE event does not require preregistration.
If you have questions, please call the park office at 919-387-4342.

 
Volunteer!
Please check back for opportunities to volunteer at our 2018 Longleaf Festival!
All volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Waiver and Release Form.