Harris Lake County Park

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Harris Lake County Park

Located just south of Raleigh, this Wake County park is quickly becoming a destination park. Excellent fishing in the lake and farm ponds, hiking, mountain bike trails, along with volleyball, horseshoes and a playground await visitors. Picnic shelters with grills available. Free admission. Hours: Daily, 8am-sunset.


Park Hours: Monday–Sunday, 8 a.m.–sunset
Park Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Park Rules and Regulations: Safety and enjoyment go hand in hand at Harris Lake County Park. The following rules and regulations have been established to ensure a safe and pleasant visit.

1. Speed limit is 20 mph.
2. Pets must be restrained on a leash – 6 feet max.
3. Open fires are not allowed.
4. Park only in designated areas. No parking on roadsides or grass.
5. The following are prohibited:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Firearms
  • Hunting
  • Overnight camping
  • Swimming
  • Collection or removal of any animal or plant material
  • Amplified music

Park Office:

The park office is located at the first right turn once inside the park.


The playground is unsupervised and includes a kids lot (ages 5–12) and tot lot (ages 2–5).

Primitive Camp Site:

Primitive camping is offered for organized groups supported by a governing body (i.e., Scouts). The primitive camping site contains minimal improvements, includes a fire ring but no running water. Firewood can be provided by park staff. The site has a capacity of 50 persons including children and adults. Fee: $30 per night (call the park office for more information and/or reservations).

Hog Run Mountain Bike Trail:

Hog Run consists of a series of loops designed for any skill level. The beginner loop is blazened with blue circles and starts at the trail head. This loop is relatively flat with few obstacles. This loop is signed for one-way traffic only.

The intermediate loop is blazened with yellow circles and connects the beginner loop with the advanced loop. This loop is designed to challenge mountain bike riders with average skills and experience.

The advanced loop is blazened with red circles. This loop offers the longest ride and is made up of a series of loops that offer more challenges for skilled riders. Log jumps and more elevation changes are found along this loop.

All trails are subject to closure during inclement weather, special events and natural recovery. For updated trail conditions contact the park office. All mountain bike trail users must use ANSI- or Snell-approved safety helmets.

Peninsula Hiking Trail:

The Peninsula Trail is composed of four loops. These loops give hikers a choice of what distance to hike. The entire trail is nearly 5 miles in length and can take more than two hours to hike.

The Peninsula Trail will lead hikers along the lakeshore through a variety of forest habitats, including a longleaf pine stand and mixed oak/hickory hardwoods. If you're quiet, you may catch a glimpse of a deer, turkey or a variety of waterfowl along the way.

Restroom Facility:

Restrooms are located in the center of the picnic area. Snack and drink machines are located in the area during the summer season.

Open Play Area:

The large turfed area offers a place to throw a Frisbee, fly a kite or enjoy lunch on a picnic blanket.

Canoe / Kayak Launch Site:

Cartop boats may be launched from the park. The launch site is located near the peninsula trail head and picnic area. Canoes and kayaks must be unloaded in parking area and hauled a short 147 yards to the launch site.

No watercraft with trailers or motors may be launched from inside the park. These users must use the Holleman or Highway 42 Wildlife Resource Commission boat ramps located in other areas of Harris Lake.

2112 County Park Dr
New Hill
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