County Parks & Trails

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Featured District Parks  

Chatham County has four major district parks in different parts of the county, these have a wider range of amenities than other parks and facilities. Links for more information for each park are:

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 Northeast park ballfield

pedalboats at northwest park 

Northeast District Park

Northwest District Park


southwest park shelter


Briar chapel park concession building and ballfield

Southwest District Park Briar Chapel Park
Earl Thompson Park/ Bynum Ballfield


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**There is a $10.00 per day fee for use of the softball field with no lights.  There is a $20.00 per hour fee for use of the softball field with lights, two hours minimum.


During March 24th through June 2nd both the Northeast Park Ball Field and The Bynum Ball Field are reserved for Softball and T-ball practices and games.



Walking Trails in Chatham County

This brochure provides information on all walking trails in the county, including trails in the towns, school system, senior centers, Jordan Lake State Park, and private groups. Click here to view or print brochure.

Chatham County Recreational Bicycle MapThe Chatham County Transportation Advisory Committee created the Chatham County Recreational Bike Loop Map in Spring 2014 for the purpose of providing residents and visitors with suggested "loop" routes for recreational bicycling. Each ride begins and ends at the same location. The maps display distances and area with potentially high traffic volumes .Recreational Bike Loop Map

The trail was originally proposed in the late 1980's to convert a former line of the Norfolk Southern Railroad to a recreational trail.  From 1910-1974, the railroad line carried tobacco and other products from towns in Durham, Wake and Chatham counties to the American Tobacco Company's plant in downtown Durham.

Although the trail only runs for 4.6 miles in Chatham County, it is a major recreational opportunity for the fastest growing part of the county. It also is an important link with recreational land use plans for Durham County, Wake County, and the Town of Cary.

Development of the Chatham County portion of the trail is listed in the county's Recreation Master Plan, adopted in 1999, and is a collaboration between Chatham County, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and the Town of Cary.

The Grand Opening of the Chatham County portion of the trail is slated for June 5, 2010, with more details to come.

ATT PARKING AREAS: Click here for information on parking locations in and near the Chatham County section of the ATT.  Click here for more detailed information about the American Tobacco Trail.

Haw River Canoe Access:

  • Bynum Beach Access: A one-acre site on Bynum Beach Road. The dirt lot for parking is at the corner of Bynum Rd and Bynum Beach Rd next to the stop sign and opposite of the line of mailboxes. DO NOT park at the end of Bynum Beach Rd or in front of the Residential Houses.
  • 15/501 North Canoe Access:  Located on US 15/501 on the North side of the bridge over the Haw River. This canoe access has a MUCH larger parking lot and better access to the water for those looking to put in at either this or the Bynum Beach Access.
  • 64 East Canoe Access: Located on US 64 East this access parking lot is right off of Foxfire Trace. To get directions in Google Maps search "Haw River Canoe Launch (Lower Haw put-in, Middle Haw Take-out)".

Links to Other Parks & Recreation Facilities & Trails

Jordan Lake State Park

Town of Siler City Parks & Recreation

Town of Pittsboro Parks & Recreation

Town of Cary Park and Recreation

Town of Goldston Parks and Recreation


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