A little known hiking spot managed by the town of Fuquay, Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Education Park has several miles of stream with beautiful cascades over rock formations and wide, canopied trails. Overlooks, bridges and walkways provide interesting places to stop and observe wildlife, such as birds, dragonflies and snakes. We have enjoyed many secluded walks down paths with interpretive panels describing the trees and landscape. Bonus: in the summer, the field in the center of the park boasts blackberries and wildflowers in abundance. An amphitheater at the front of the park is a great place to put on pretend plays, and my kids love using the trail map to find their way along trails with names like Hummingbird Way and Honeysuckle Path. If you’re around Fuquay at Halloween, the town has an awesome Haunted Woods trail where the trails are haunted by local teens in costume. It really is a treasure of local flora and fauna, I hope you and your family get to explore here soon!
Know Before you Go: The park is in a rural area of Fuquay Varina, there is no food or drink for sale at the park.
The park has restrooms near the parking lot, there are no restrooms out on the trails.
Snakes, ticks and poison ivy can be spotted on the trails.
There are several creek accesses for waterplay, we always bring water shoes and extra clothes to this park.