Apex is a town in Wake County, North Carolina, a satellite city of Raleigh. Located in southwestern Wake County, Apex combines a relaxing small-town atmosphere with convenience to big-city amenities. It was a small town once called "Log Pond" and later named Apex. The name "Apex" was adopted because the community was the highest point on the Chatham Railroad between Richmond, Virginia and Jacksonville, Florida. In July 2007, CNN/Money magazine ranked Apex #14th on its list of the nation's top 100 small towns.


  • Population: 30,208
  • Pop. Change: 49%
  • State: North Carolina
  • Metro Area: Raleigh-Cary Metro Area
  • County: Wake County
  • City: Apex
  • Zip Code: 27502, 27539, 27523
  • Elevation: 500 ft. above sea level
  • Climate: Mild Humid-Subtropical with average temperatures and precipitation as follows:
    • Temperatures: January (40 F)...April (60 F)... July (78 F)....October (60 F)
    • Average Annual Precipitation: 44.75 inches
    • Average Annual Snowfall: 7 inches

Local attraction:

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

This Natural Reserve is between the counties of Wake and Chatham. In this area you can perform various activities, from camping and fishing to swimming practice. This area is the summer home of the bald eagle.

The Apex train depot

The Downtown Historic District has commercial/residential buildings dating back to the late 1800's which represent a large variety of architectural styles. Many buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Apex train depot, built sometime between 1867 and 1873, is designated as a Wake County landmark. The depot location marked the highest point on the old Chatham Railroad.

Maynard-Pearson House

The Maynard-Pearson House, located at 1101 Olive Chapel Road in Apex, was constructed by Mr. James Jackson Maynard and Civil D. Pearson Maynard in the 1870's on land given to Civil D. Pearson by her father's will. It was deeded to the Maynard-Pearson House Trust, a 501c3 nonprofit entity, and now serves as the home of the Apex Historical Society. It is being used as a museum of rural living in the past, hosts educational tours.

New Hope Valley Railway

This delightful train ride and museum are located 10 minutes from Apex on Old US 1 in Bonsal. Train rides are available every hour on the hour from noon to 4:00pm on the first Sunday of each month, from May through December. Contact: Ph. (919) 362-5416.

Christmas Parade

The Apex Jaycees sponsor an annual Christmas parade the first Saturday in December. This parade features bands from area schools, floats sponsored by local merchants, scout troops, antique cars, majorettes and Santa Claus.

Knights Play Golf Center

This public golf center is 1 mile from the center of Apex with 9 holes & 18 holes over 2,601 yards with a par of 54. Located at 2512 Ten Ten Rd, Apex,NC 27539. Contact: (919) 303-4653


Apex Community Park
This 160-acre Community Park includes picnic shelters, playground, fishing lake, restroom facilities, nature and fitness trails, and various athletic fields. Located at 2200 Laura Duncan Rd – between Laura Duncan Rd & Lake Pine Dr.
Clairmont Park
This 1 ½ acre neighborhood park offers a picnic shelter, playground and basketball courts. Located at 801 E. Chatham St.
Kelly Road Park
This 25 acre park offers KidsTowne Playground gives the children of the area a great place to play. Additionally athletics fields and a picnic shelter are available. Kelly Road Park is at 609 Kelly Road located on Kelly Road and behind Olive Chapel Elementary School.
Kelly Glen Park
This 2+ acre park offers a picnic shelter and playground. Kelly Glen Park is at 1701 Kelly Glen Lane – located on West Kelly Glen Drive.
Jaycee Park
This 23-acre park offers a picnic shelter, a batting cage, and various athletic fields. Located at 451 NC Hwy 55 / West Williams Street.
Nature Park
This new nature park is located at Barbecue Rd, Jerimouth Dr. With baseball field & court, concession stand, gazebo, gym, open play field, playground, softball field, soccer field,  sand volleyball, tennis court, boat launch, hiking trial, large shelter, parking lot, picnic shelter, restrooms etc..which are under development process.
Sue Helton Memorial Park
This ¼ acre park offers a gazebo and playground. Sue Helton Memorial Park is at 201 Matney Lane - located on Matney Lane inside the Perry Farms subdivision.
West Street Park
This 1 1/3 acre neighborhood park offers a picnic shelter and playground along with basketball courts. West Street Park is at 108 West Street – located on West and First Streets.

Greenways (off-highway routes some include community gardens as well as typical park-style landscaping of trees and shrubs)

  • North Beaver Creek (Sutton Place)
  • North Beaver Creek (Charleston Village)
  • North Beaver Creek (Beckett Crossing)
  • Beaver Creek
  • Community Park Lake and Nature Trails
  • Haddon Hall

Apex, NC Summer Camps

Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department offers a variety of summer camp opportunities for youth ages 3-13 including mini-day camp, preschool, sports, drama, art and more. Contact: Call at 249-3402. More about: Apex, NC Summer CampsRusty Bucket in historic downtown Apex, NC

Rusty Bucket

An old country store from long ago one which you would walk into and feel welcome and comfortable - as the sign reads when you enter the door-"Enter as Strangers, Leave as Friends". From the fully restored 1930 Model A truck often parked outside, to the authentic aged barn wood floors that welcome you with a creak, to the General Store covered porch built from the wood and tin of an old tobacco barn and to the warm glow of the fireplace in the back corner Keeping Room they all come together to provide you with a warm and cozy shopping experience that you won’t find anywhere else in the area. It is is located on Salem Street in historic downtown Apex, NC. Contact: 104-A North Salem St. Apex, NC 27502. Phone: 919-290-2575, Fax: 919-290-2576. Web: http://www.therustybucket.biz/store/index.php


Apex town services, local events, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
E-Mail: john...@apexnc.org
Phone: 919-249-3402    Fax: 919-249-3368

Apex, NC more useful links:

Apex arts council
New Hope Valley Railway & NC Railroad Museum
Apex Historical Society  
Apex community news and information
Apex Downtown Business Association
Apex Chamber of Commerce

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