Outdoor Living

“Be as active as you want to be”

Outdoor living at South Lakes stretches far beyond just the neighborhood and the local community. With numerous parks and green spaces locally in Fuquay Varina and some of the most spectacular, scenic beaches, mountains, and outdoor landmarks in the entire country set right here in North Carolina the active lifestyle you desire is always waiting just a short trip away.

Town Park & Town Projects

Alston Ridge Park

A quaint neighborhood park with beautiful green space and scenery featuring a playground and picnic shelter

Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Education Park

Originally a 20-acre tract of land donated to the Town of Fuquay-Varina in 1992 by the late Mayor Alfred Johnson and his wife Carroll Howard Johnson. An additional eight acres was donated by Horace Tart in 1998, enlarging the park to its current 28 acres. The focus of the park is environmental education.

Features a 2-mile nature trail that crossed beautiful overlooks and natural bridges. Along this scenic, wooded trail one will see: local flora and fauna and many species of birds. Other features include, Amphitheater, Bridges, Overlooks, Picnic Shelters, Restrooms

Falcon Park

One of the town’s oldest parks, 5 acres with baseball/softball fields, buildings for rent, multi-purpose field, picnic shelter, playground, and restrooms.

Fleming Loop Park

This park contains 36 acres of multi-use ball fields. Fleming Loop Park is best known as the site for the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest over every Memorial Day weekend.

Fuquay-Varina Downtown Dog Park

Downtown dog park, 8 acres of land and is an off-leash park for dogs with free admission. The park has sanitary stations, benches, water stations, and plenty of shade.

Fuquay Mineral Spring

The Mineral Spring, commemorated within Fuquay Mineral Spring Park, was discovered in 1858, and believed to have healing powers as visitors came from far and wide to partake of the mineral waters. Features include picnic tables, a restored spring house, footbridge, and a walking track.

Library Park

This park is right off Main Street in downtown Fuquay and is 1 acre. It is located right next to the Fuquay-Varina Museum complex. Features include picnic shelter, and playground.

Old Honeycutt Road Park

Multi use facility on 11 acres featuring picnic shelters playground soccer, tennis, walking trails

South Lakes Greenway

This 2-mile greenway trail is located in South Lakes and is connected to additional greenway trails

North Carolina Beaches

Wrightsville Beach

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 5 min (126.4 miles)


Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 1 min (124.2 miles)

Carolina Beach

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 22 min (136.6 miles)

Kure Beach

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 26 min (139.7 miles)


Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 31 min (156.1 miles)

Emerald Isle

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 46 min (146.7 miles)

Holden Beach

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 40 min (163.9 miles)

Sunset Beach

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 48 min (136.2 miles)

Ocean Isle

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 45 min (170.3 miles)

Nags Head

Distance from Fuquay: 3 hr 32 min (211 miles)

North Carolina Landmarks and Natural Attractions

Pilot Mountain State Park

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 11 min (128.6 miles)

Stone Mountain State Park

Distance from Fuquay: 2 hr 44 min (166 miles)

Blue Ridge Park

Distance from Fuquay: 3 hr 16 min (176.6 miles)

Grandfather Mountain

Distance from Fuquay: 3 hr 33 min (206.7 miles)

Appalachian Trail Access

Distance from Fuquay: 4 hr 50 min (302.4 miles)

Great Smoky Mountains

Distance from Fuquay: 5 hr 36 min (325.5 miles)

Beyond a beautiful new home

Discover South Lakes Living in the Heart of North Carolina

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