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8801 Glenwood Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27617



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GPS: 35.8905, -78.7502


8801 Glenwood Ave. entrance

  • November to February:
    7:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
The gate at Crabtree Creek opens at 7 a.m. daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system.

2100 N. Harrison Ave. entrance

  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • 9:00am to 5:00pm daily
  • Closed Christmas Day
EXHIBIT HALL inside visitor center:
  • 9:00am to 4:30pm
  • Closed Christmas Day

Tent and trailer family campground open
April 1 to October 31

  • April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day
Campers: Please note that once the campground gates close, they are locked until the park reopens the following day. There will be no entry or exit permitted, except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.


Company Mill Trail Bridge is OPEN.   

The Company Mill trail bridge is now OPEN to the public for use.  All repairs have been completed.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Additional information

There are no entrance fees to enjoy the park. In addition to park-specific rules, please read the systemwide Park Rules for all North Carolina State Parks.


Boat rentals are available from April 1 to October 31 through the visitor center. Boat rentals are $7 per boat (cash, check or credit card). Rental hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boats are not available for rental after 3 p.m. and all boats must be returned by 4:15 p.m.

  • Individuals must be at least 16 years old to rent a boat, unless accompanied by an adult.
  • Private hand-powered boats are permitted on Big Lake.
  • Gasoline motors are not permitted.
  • Electric trolling motors are allowed.
  • Pets are not permitted in boats.

Notice: Paddleboards are allowed, but paddleboarders need to be aware that rocks, glass and other unknown debris may be present on lake bottom, so protective footwear is recommended. Paddle at your own risk! Lifejackets are required for all watercraft.


Regulations of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.


Event permits. Some events—such as weddings, athletic contests, company parties, etc.—may require a Special Activity Permit. If you're unsure whether such a permit is necessary for your event, call the park office beforehand. You can download a Special Activity Permit application or obtain one from the park office.

Research and collection permits. A permit is required for any project involving the collection, removal or disturbance of any natural or cultural resource of any state park unit and for projects that require placing monitoring equipment in any state park unit. Learn more about research and collection permits or fill out a permit application online.


A $25 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Park Maps and Brochures:

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, December 19, 2019 - 10:00am
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 11:00am
Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 10:30am