12401 Wake Union Church Rd
Wake Forest, NC 27587-7436
Phone: (919) 556-4007
Fax: (919) 570-0525
Raven Rock State Park is located less than an hour outside of Fayetteville. This land is largely untouched by civilization, a forest of tall tress and beautiful woodlands. In addition to the nature trails, Raven Rock itself is certainly a sight to behold.
Located along the scenic Falls Lake, TPC Wakefield Plantation is a 18-hole, par 71 golf course. The course was designed by three-time United States Open Champion, Hale Irwin. Finished in 2000, the course soon became part of the US Professional Golfers of America (PGA) Tour hosting the annual Rex Hospital Open. There is a club store to repair or buy the ideal club. Also on the premises is a clubhouse to relax and socialize over a meal after a round of golf. The club also accommodates private parties and conferences, and every detail of the event (from catering to seating and decorating) is seen to.
Falls Lake State Recreational Area is a sprawling natural area right in the center of North Carolina that offers a wide range of outdoor activities. The area was created in 1978 after the Army Corp of Engineers constructed a dam to prevent further flooding which damaged farmlands, roadways and other infrastructure in the area. Today, the park plays host to a large, boatable lake, several hiking trails, kayaking and canoeing and extensive mountain biking.
A delicious, guided, walking food tasting tour, sprinkled with historical tidbits of downtown Raleigh. Explore and discover a culinary perspective of downtown Raleigh that even an insider might not know. Tours are currently scheduled on a limited basis Saturdays at 2:30p and Thursdays at 9a. Meet ten minutes before on the porch of the Capital City Grocery in the Seaboard Station area, 10 West Franklin Street, Raleigh (tickets must be purchased in advance). See web site for available details. Triangle Food Tour is open on Thursdays from 9am and on Saturdays from 2.30pm.
Raleigh Country Club is one place that every golfer must visit. This 18-hole golf course is a dream come true for every golfer with its complex and strategically located holes. The Club has an excellent golf teaching facility which will help amateurs improve their skills. The Club also has a golf shop, restaurant and an aquatic facility. Available for weddings, banquets, as well as other events.
Steeped in history, the sprawling 5579-acre (2257-hectare) space that is William B. Umstead State Park, was originally an enchanting wilderness. Christened after the city governor as an ode to his dedication to conservation, the park was previously divided into Crabtree Creek and Reedy Creek. Established in 1937, it is located within stumbling distance of Research Triangle Park, under the towering shadows of Raleigh and Durham. A great respite from mundane life, enjoy a plethora of recreational activities on offer. Take a horseback ride or bridle trail through lush flora of pines and hickory with scattered picnic spots and camping sites punctuating the landscape. Paddle across the lake in a rented rowboat or canoe, and fish out bass and bluegill. The picturesque getaway exudes tranquility and is a popular rejuvenating spot for locals.
Explore the natural wonders of North Carolina, from the depths of its ocean to its rocky mountains. Complete with a 20-foot (6-meter) waterfall, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science has much to offer. See North Carolina as it was, in a re-creation of six prehistoric habitats. This is home to the only Acorcanthosaurus discovered in the world, and Willo, the first dinosaur found with a fossilized heart. The Discovery Room is full of interactive exhibits. Looking for that perfect gift? The Nature Gallery has original nature-themed artwork available. There is a restaurant on site. The general admission is free of charge. There is a cover charge for special exhibits. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. The Discovery Room, Naturalist Center, and Living Conservatory remain closed on Mondays.
This grand and historical homestead was once a plantation farm. Bennett Bunn, who inherited this land built a house that represents the Federal architecture style. This historical plantation is now transformed in to a splendid event venue that hosts weddings, corporate parties and similar events. This idyllic setting complete with well-manicured lawns, water features and a rustic feel makes it one of the most sought after venue in the vicinity.
Clemmons Educational State Forest managed by the North Carolina Forest Service aims to provide ecological education through exhibits, self-guided trails and classes conducted by Rangers.
If you're looking to enjoy the great outdoors while in Raleigh, definitely pay a visit to Lake Wheeler. You'll see people bringing their boats or renting boats for some leisurely fishing and cruising. Bring a picnic to enjoy on a boat or on land. Take a lovely stroll or jog on the winding trails in the park.
In the early 1920s, planners were set to create a lake in the valley that is now Duke Gardens. Funds were short back then and they began planting instead. Now, this is one of the most beautiful scenes around. Comprised of three main sections, the original terraces, the Blomquist garden of native plants and the Culberson Asiatic arboretum, the gardens are a treat all year round but make their best show in spring when the tulips are blooming. Bring a picnic and set out a blanket among the flora or just relax under a shady tree. Admission is free.
Lake Benson Park is a popular park in town. It is also home to the Lake Benson Boat House which is open for seasonal fishing and boating. Though the parkland features a lake, you cannot swim in it. This parkland consists of playgrounds, trails, picnic spots and open spaces for football games and kite flying. It also hosts town events like family movies and camping.