Parks & Sports

NHL Carolina Hurricanes

After moving from Hartford in 1997, the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes are a favorite for sports fans in the Triangle Area. The Hurricanes were named Stanley Cup Champions in 2006, and have consistently drawn thousands of loyal fans to every home game. The Hurricanes play in the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Click here to access the Hurricanes’ official website and schedule.

ACC College Basketball

The Triangle area is home to three major universities: North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. All three universities are well-known for their excellent basketball teams, and annually participate in the ACC and NCAA basketball tournaments. If you live in the Triangle, you are bound to be a fan of one of these teams.

Cary Greenways

In recent years, the Town of Cary has made efforts to increase pedestrian recreation opportunities. The Town has developed over 70 miles of greenways that cross through parks and over each other on natural walking trails. Leashed pets are welcome on the greenways, but horseback riding, alcohol, and unauthorized motor vehicles are not allowed. The greenways are open from dawn until dusk. In the future, the Town plans to expand with more than 150 miles of greenway. The Town of Cary has developed an interactive mobile application called “Bike&Hike Cary” to locate parks and greenways throughout the area.

Yates Mill Park

Escape from the daily grind at Yates Mill Park, a 174-acre getaway that preserves our local history. The park showcases events and exhibits that demonstrate our agricultural heritage and environmental responsibility. The park boasts the only gritsmill left in Wake County. The mill has been restored and is fully functional. Please note that, aside from identified service dogs, pets are not allowed in the park. 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603. The park is open for free, seven days a week, from 8AM to sunset.

Lake Crabtree County Park

The Lake Crabtree County Park sits adjacent to the 520-acre flood control lake of the same name. Attendees of the park can enjoy open play areas, hiking, picnic and shelter areas, fishing, sailing, canoeing, mountain biking, educational gardens, and so much more. The park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC 27560. For more specific information regarding park regulations, click here.

Fred G. Bond Metro Park

Located in the middle of a bustling town, Bond Park is over 300 acres of paradise. Visitors can play on athletic fields, walk on four miles of trails, see performances at the amphitheater, stroll around Bond Lake, or check out what’s going on in the Community and Senior Centers. The park can be accessed from High House Road in Cary, between Cary Parkway and NW Maynard Road. General park hours are as follows: November to February: 9am to 6pm daily, March 9-7 daily, April to May and September to October: 9-8 Sunday-Friday, 8-8 on Saturdays and holidays, and June to August 9-9 Sunday-Friday, 7-9 Saturday and holidays. For more information,  visit the Town of Cary official page here.

William B. Umstead State Park

Umstead Park provides a natural oasis comparable to that of the mountains, only you don’t have to drive much to get there! With over 5,500 acres of trails, multi-use pathways, lakes, and more, this park is sure to be a favorite for any outdoor aficionado. The park maintains its history as an original layout for homes and agricultural zones as well as flourishes with rich plant and animal life. Visitors may go boating, fishing, hiking, picnicing, or even horseback riding. There are two convenient locations from US-70 to the north of the park, and I-40 at Harrison Avenue in Cary. Park hours are: December – February: 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., November, 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., March, April, September and October: 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., and May-August 7:30-a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The park is closed on Christmas Day.

Cary Tennis Park

Avid tennis fans, players, and new ones alike will be sure to fall in love with the Cary Tennis Park. This park provides over 30 tennis courts, even some for kids, in an organized, clean setting. The park also offers lessons, leagues, clinics, and challenges for competitors. Fees for play are affordable for everyone, and the park maintains hours from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for play well into the evening, especially during warm summer months.

Wake Med Soccer Park

Perhaps one of the best-kept secrets for sports fans in the Triangle area is the WakeMed Soccer Park, located on Chatham Street between Cary and Raleigh. The Carolina Railhawks play their games here, and college and high school tournaments are also played in this 150-acre, multi-use facility. Field are available for reservation for low-impact events. A world-class Cross Country facility also surrounds the park and is open to the public or for reservation. The Town of Cary’s Soccer Park website provides a schedule of upcoming runs and soccer matches that will be held in the park. The park is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., sometimes beyond if there is scheduled activity.