Harris Lake Everyone's Welcome

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Photo of a father and son fishing together from the Fishing Pier at Harris Lake County Park

Accessibility Statement

Harris Lake County Park welcomes all visitors and affirms its commitment to offering programs and services that are accessible to everyone. We will make every effort to ensure that visitors of all abilities are fully included in all our programs and facilities.

Visitors Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted

Harris Lake County Park currently offers three different interpretive cell phone tours. Recorded audio versions are available for each tour.

NEW! Listen to a recorded audio version of our mobile tour for the Educational Garden.

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Listen to a recorded audio version of our mobile tour for the Cypress Tree Trail.

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Listen to a recorded audio version of our mobile tour for the Red Fox Run Interpretive Trail.

Graphic for the Womble History mobile tour at Harris Lake County Park

Listen to a recorded audio version of our mobile tour for the Womble History Tour.

Visitors Who Are Deaf

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Harris Lake County Park currently offers four different interpretive cell phone tours.

Read a text version of each mobile tour:

Cypress Tree Trail

Red Fox Run Interpretive Trail

Womble Interpretive History Trail

Educational Garden Tour

Visitors on the Autism Spectrum

We welcome families with children and adults on the autism spectrum. The following resources will help you plan for an enjoyable visit.

Harris Lake County Park is a 680-acre site located on a peninsula on Harris Lake with lots of wooded areas, playgrounds, picnic areas, a historic homesite and many recreational activities with different opportunities to learn about and engage with Wake County’s natural areas and wildlife. Preparing for your visit a few days beforehand can make for a more manageable and enjoyable experience.

Photo of the "My Harris Lake" Park Pack available at Harris Lake County Park

Visual Schedules

  • "My Harris Lake" Visual Schedule: Download, print and complete the "My Harris Lake" Visual Schedule before visiting the park. It includes a make-your-own visual checklist with location and communication cards to prepare and plan for your visit.

  • "My Harris Lake" Park Pack: This pack is available to borrow and check out at our Park Office. Our office does not have set hours, so please call us at 919-387-4342 to make sure a staff member is available. Stop by the Park Office before you begin your visit to check out the kit, which includes a customizable visual schedule, park brochure, sensory-seeking toys, noise-reducing headphones and suggestions for planning a successful visit.

Social Narrative

  • Visiting Harris Lake: Download and print this social narrative before coming out to Harris Lake for an independent, self-guided visit.

Sensory Supports

  • Noise-reducing headphones and various sensory-seeking toys are available to borrow any time during our operating hours on a first-come, first-served basis. These items can be checked out from the Park Office. Our office does not have set hours, so please call us at 919-387-4342 before you come to make sure a staff member is available to loan them to you.

Sensory Tips and Activity Suggestions

Visitors of Different Physical Abilities

Harris Lake County Park is an ADA-accessible location. The parking lots and paved paths leading to picnic shelters and the restrooms meet ADA criteria. Each picnic shelter contains wheelchair-accessible tables, with designated accessible parking spaces. Our fishing pier and picnic table locations in the lakeside picnic area are wheelchair accessible. The pathways within our traditional playground are designed for wheelchair use.

We provide fishing equipment for fishermen with limited mobility. We have two closed-faced, battery-powered spinning reels intended for one-handed use. Call 919-387-4342 for further information and to borrow this equipment during your visit.