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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.
Shelter Rentals and Park Use Agreements
As of October 1, shelter rentals and other park use agreements are available. Gatherings are limited to 50 people per the governor's executive order.

Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space are open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distance, wear masks or cloth face coverings, and wash or sanitize their hands often. Capacity limits are posted near each playground.

Park Capacity
Measures to limit 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.
Help Continue to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
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.
The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least January 31:
  • Park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are cancelled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming is available at

Upcoming Races/Tournaments/Events

UGTB Grindn' Race
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021
8 a.m.–noon
Please expect race traffic along peninsula trail and main park road during this time. 

Disc Golf Winter Quarterly
Sunday, Jan. 31
8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Disc golf course will be closed to the public during this time.

Buckhorn Disc Golf Tournament (2 weekend event)
Saturday, Feb. 6
Sunday, Feb. 7
Saturday, Feb. 20
Sunday, Feb. 21
8 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Disc golf course will be closed to the public during this time. 

Sunday, Feb. 14
10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Dynamic Dogs
April 24, May 1, 8, 22 and 29
9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Smile More 5K
Saturday, May 1, 2021
8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Please be aware that there will be runners utilizing the Peninsula Hiking Trail. 

Triangle Triathlon  
Saturday, June 5
8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Park will be closed to the public in order to host this event during this time.

Raven Rock Ramble
Sunday, August 22
8 a.m.–5 p.m.
Please be aware that there will be over 500 cyclists using the park this day.

Buckhorn Disc Golf Tournament (weekend event)
Saturday–Sunday, Sept. 4 and 5
Disc golf course will be closed to the public during this time. 

Dynamic Dogs
Oct. 23 and 30, Nov. 6, 13 and 20
9 a.m.–1 p.m.