Taking a Stroll Down the Walking Trails in Fuquay Varina


The town of Fuquay-Varina’s Parks and Recreation system is commonly recognized among area municipalities, for excellence in many different areas. One specific area that they have always been known to excel at is there planning and scheduling of future projects and events. For decades, their planning process has the town ahead of the curve with its planned construction and additions. This actually led to the great array of outdoor living options currently boasted by the town, including the many parks and walking trails in Fuquay Varina.

This article, focusing on some parks and walking trails in Fuquay Varina, will be the first in a series of three. Throughout this series, we will look at all types of destinations in Fuquay to enjoy the outdoors. 

The splash pad is a popular feature at South Park, which also has its own greenway trail.

Walking Trails in Fuquay Varina take You “Downtown” to South Park

Many local residents will identify South Park as their children’s “cool down” spot in town. This is because of the Park and Recreation Department’s popular addition of the town’s “Splash Park” at this location. While the 6,000 square-foot, water attraction has been a “hit” with the kids since opening in 2015, there is much more of South Park to enjoy.,

Situated in the heart of town at 900 South Main Street, South Park is a total of 25 acres. Despite being located in the heart of downtown Fuquay, it also attaches to the scenic and beautiful 1.3 mile long South Park Greenway Trail. 

More so than maybe any other of the Walking Trails in Fuquay Varina, this passage is a known favorite of bird enthusiasts. This trail is good for all skill levels of walkers or runners. It also features the bountiful plants and wildlife known among all Walking Trails in Fuquay Varina.

The South Park trail is accessible year-round and dog-friendly as well, provided your pet is on a leash. It is also the trailhead to yet another of the Walking Trails in Fuquay Varina.

South Park: Playing, Splashing, and Tracking

The actual park located at the Main Street address above is very popular among the locals. A full list of the features at South Park is below.

  • 6,000 square foot “Splash Pad” water playground
  • 1/4 Mile Walking/Jogging Track
  • Illuminated Baseball and Softball fields
  • Batting Cages
  • Two multi-purpose fields
  • Picnic Shelter and tables
  • Playground area
  • Restroom Facilities
The Jeff Wells Hiking Trail (pictured) is a “connector” of several of the beautiful parks and trails in town.

“Connecting the Heart of Fuquay-Varina to Nature” on the Jeff Wells Hiking Trail

The Jeff Wells Hiking Trail is the connector within the Walking Trails in Fuquay Varina that was mentioned above. It intersects with both the South Park Greenway Trail and the Environmental Educational Park. The Wells Trail runs for 0.8 miles.

The Jeff Wells Hiking Trail has a review on the popular hiking and trails website hikingproject.com. In addition to showing the elevation and grading that the trail sits on, the site gives a flattering description.

“This trail has a great view of nature and downtown Fuquay-Varina,” the description states. “The trail connects to the 48-acres of Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Park, where hikers have fantastic views on nature and a creek. The Jeff Wells Trail connects from Carroll Howard Park through a greenway near neighborhoods to South Park.” It concludes, “It is worth a hike.”

Likewise, the person who submitted the trail to “Hiking Project,” offered their own one-sentence review, summing up the “connector” of Walking Trails in Fuquay Varina. He stated, “A fantastic trail that connects the heart of Fuquay-Varina to nature.”

Fuquay-Varina Walking Trails: Lead Me to the Parks

Each of the four trails covered leading to other in-town outdoor living areas, specifically the Fuquay-Varina parks. In our next article of this series, we will also “lead you to and through” some of the town parks. For a preview of the parks we will feature, go to the Outdoor Living section of southlakesliving.com.