County Parks & Trails


Featured District Parks  

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

 Northeast park ballfield

pedalboats at northwest park   

Northeast District

Northwest District



southwest park shelter


Briar chapel park concession building and ballfield


 Southwest District Park

   The Park at Briar Chapel



Other County Parks & Trails 

Earl Thompson Park

170 Bynum Hill Road, Bynum.

Directions From Pittsboro: Travel north on 15/501, cross the Haw River and turn right on Durham-Eubanks Road.  Turn left at the stop sign and continue to Bynum Hill Road.  Park is located at the top of the hill on the right.

Amenities:    Softball field, restrooms & playground, dog friendly (all dogs must be on a 6 foot or less leash).


Please click the above title for a complete document of all rental listings and information.

**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 Map.  The 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 1980s 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
  • 15/501 Access:  Located on US 15/501 on the north side of the bridge over the Haw River

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

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