Are you a professional or amateur photographer interested in taking photos at Historic Oak View County Park?

We understand that Oak View is a great location for a photo shoot, but in order to make it an enjoyable experience for the photographer and his/her clients, as well as our other park patrons, please keep in mind that our park is a public park and may not be reserved.

If you have any questions about our policy, or would like to know more about our park schedule, please call our main park line at 919-250-1013.


Though there is no set fee structure for general photography, donations are welcomed and encouraged to continue maintenance of these facilities.

Special Events:

We do have special events throughout the year, so please check our calendar to see if the date you have in mind for a photo shoot coincides with a park special event, which might draw thousands of extra visitors to the park. If you choose to come on a day during a special event, please know that photographers and/or their clients may be asked to park in a different location, and might not have access to all areas of the park grounds.


Due to increasing use of the property for photo shoots and some recent damage to Oak View's belongings during these photo shoots, we have revised our photography guidelines and procedures. All photographers must register with staff before starting their photo shoot to receive and agree to our guidelines. Once registered, photographers are approved for one year. Registration must be completed in-person with park staff inside the Farm History Center during regular business hours (Mon.–Sat., 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun., 1–5 p.m.).

We would like Oak View to continue to be a venue for photographers and their clients, and your understanding of and adherence to these policies will help ensure that the property continues to be a beautiful place for all visitors.

Please respect all the park rules, as well as this list of rules that we ask photographers and their clients to follow. Please review our Photography/Film Policy, which includes the following critical information: 

  • Photographer and clients/subjects will stay out of all restricted areas (including animal pens, interior of any buildings, trees). Please do not block, obstruct, or close any building entrances or doors.
  • Photographer and clients will conduct themselves in a proper and professional manner.
    • Lewd or lascivious behavior including language or photographs is prohibited.
    • Park staff has the authority to expel photographers and/or their clients from the park if the actions of the photographers and/or clients are deemed improper by park staff.
  • Photographer and clients will not impede normal park operations and programming. (Programming occurs most weekdays between 10 a.m. and noon.)
    • The party is not allowed to disrupt park visitors or staff.
    • No associated equipment for a photo shoot is permitted in any indoor buildings or allowed to block visitor entrances or pathways.
  • No special consideration shall be given (golf carts, security, use of park equipment, etc.)
    • No power or electrical power will be provided by Wake County Parks for the purposes of film, video, or photography projects.
  • Photographer and clients will only use the park during regular park hours.
  • Photographer and clients will not disturb any natural or man-made park features, for example:
    • Vegetation and wildlife will not be disturbed or removed. (This includes the food for our goats or straw bales in the barn.)
    • Decorations used must have prior approval by park management.
    • Signage will not be used.
    • Balloons must not be brought to the park as they are a possible hazard to nature and wildlife. 
  • Photographer is responsible for familiarizing themselves, and informing all of their clients, of all park rules and regulations, and then to adhere to them when at the park.
  • Wake County reserves the right to prohibit any projects which are not in the best interest of the County.