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County Parks & Trails

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Featured District Parks

Chatham County has five major district parks each in the different regions of Chatham County. Each park has it's own unique amenities and recreational opportunities. The facilities at the parks are available for rental, however certain amenities follow a strict seasonal schedule. Click the park name below to view it's particular amenities and offerings.

FISHING is allowed at each of the ponds on the below listed parks that are governed by CCP&R. Please note however it is catch and release only with an NC State Fishing License. You must abide by all rules and regulations set forth by Local, State, and Federal Wild Life agencies and it is the duty of the patron to know these rules and regulations.

No SWIMMING or PERSONAL WATERCRAFT allowed in any of the ponds on any of the CCP&R properties. NO AIRCRAFT regardless of size allowed in parks.  This includes drones, quadcopters or any other type of remote controlled aircraft. Please also note all park rules and regulations posted on park signage throughout the parks as well. 

WEATHER HOTLINE: 919-545-8345

Please see the park entrance boards for regularly updated park hours.  These hours fluctuate from month to month and may change depending on Holiday Schedules and Inclement Weather. Parks will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

January  8AM-5PM
February  8AM-6PM
March 8AM-6PM, but this changes to 8 PM closing when Daylight Savings time starts
April  8AM-8PM
May  8AM-8PM
June  8AM-9PM
July  8AM-9PM
August  8AM-9PM
September  8AM-8PM
October  8AM-8PM
November  8AM-6PM
December  8AM-5PM

Payment Policies

 Northeast park ballfield

Pond View 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 Ball field
Earl Thompson Park/ Bynum Ballfield






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. Runners, bikers, and equestrians enjoy it's trails which can transport them for miles.

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.

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.
TRAIL HEAD PARKING (Trailers Included):

  • 1309 New Hill Olive Chapel Rd, Apex, NC 275
  • 1305 White Oak Church Rd, Apex, NC

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


No SWIMMING allowed in any of the ponds on any of the CCP&R properties. Please see the park entrance boards for regularly updated park hours; these hours fluctuate with the seasons changing daylight hours. Please also note any park rules and regulations posted on signage throughout the parks as well

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