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.

Update: Playgrounds at parks managed by Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space will reopen to the public when the parks open Saturday, Sept. 5. Visitors are encouraged to maintain physical distance, wear masks or cloth face coverings, and wash or sanitize their hands often.

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 a least six feet from any other person, and wearing a mask or cloth face covering when social distancing is not possible.

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.

The following restrictions will remain in place at Wake County parks and preserves through at least September 30:
  • Park centers are closed.
  • Park programs and events are cancelled.
  • Special operations, such as boat rentals, group camping and lodge rental, are not available.
  • Shelter rentals and other park use agreements are cancelled.

As a reminder, 24/7 digital programming is available at

The only facilities at Historic Oak View County Park that are available for rental are the two picnic shelters. Each shelter has picnic tables, a water fountain, electrical outlets and a large charcoal grill.
Reservations can be made by using the online reservation system. Select the button below to show the map of Oak View. After picking the correct date, click on the icon of the shelter on the map, which will begin the registration process. You will also have to create an account if you don't already have one. Unreserved shelters may be used free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bluebird Shelter     50-person capacity         $60 rental fee 
Carya Shelter        30-person capacity         $40 rental fee  

Important Update

As of Jan. 1, 2019, we will no longer accept cash on site at any Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space location. Payments for shelter rentals can be made on site or in advance with a credit or debit card. Checks must be mailed in advance to:
Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
PO Box 550
Suite 1000
Raleigh, NC 27602

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The Bluebird Shelter is located on the left side of the main entrance drive as you enter the park. There are 6 tables under the shelter and 4 tables on a gravel pad directly adjacent to the shelter, but not covered. 




Carya Shelter

The Carya Shelter is located closer to Poole Road, behind the Olivia Raney Local History Library. There are 4 tables under this shelter.