Saturday, May 18, 2019
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Join us for a double-celebration, as 2019 is a historic year in the life of Harris Lake County Park and our Longleaf Festival!

On May 18, we are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the park and the 10th anniversary of the Longleaf Festival!
Since its inception, the Longleaf Festival has been 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!
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 Get Fired Up About Longleaf
Over 40 exhibitors will be at the Festival with information on the longleaf pine's history, its value as an ecosystem and the challenge to reach 8 million acres, which is less than 10% of its original range in the USA. The Triangle is part of this challenge – learn how you can help!
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!



Getting tickets to ride the Longleaf Express:


Get your ticket to ride the Longleaf Express to our 60-acre restored Longleaf Forest guided by NC Forest Service staff. Here you will experience the magic of the Longleaf Pine!
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 near the wagon stop.
  • The ride will last about 30 minutes.
Other fun things to do:
Sit back, relax and delight in the musical stylings of the Kudzu Ramblers!
Enjoy a cool treat from Bruster's Real Ice Cream and delicious barbeque from
See live reptiles, amphibians and birds of prey up close (touch a snake)!
Enjoy the many games and crafts on hand for kids (and adults)!
Plan to park in our parking field. Ride the parking shuttle to the event area, or walk through the woods while searching for items on a scavenger hunt!
If you are interested in being an exhibitor or volunteer at the 2019 Longleaf Festival, please contact Jackie Trickel at
All volunteers must fill out a Volunteer Waiver and Release Form.

This FREE event does not require registration.
If you have questions, please call the park office at 919-387-4342.