Blue Jay Point County Park
By Chelsea Nallenweg 

Blue Jay Point County Park- Raleigh, NC


Blue Jay Point County Park is a 236-acre park in north Raleigh that features an awesome playground, trails, education center, a beautiful lake, and Go Ape Treetop courses! There is something here for everyone to enjoy, both outside and indoors.

The playground offers a variety of structures and activities that cater to children of all ages. The playground has two different climbing structures- one tall one with multiple slides and a small toddler one, along with swings. There is also a giant sandbox area with lots of used sand toys. The ground is soft rubber so it is perfect for little ones. The playground is partially shaded by towering trees and woods, but most of it is in the sun.

Right next to the playground is the breathtaking Falls Lake, a focal point of Blue Jay Point County Park. There are multiple trails to access the lake and maps can be found at the Visitors Center. There is a short .3 mile walk that leads to the lake that is easy for kids. Although swimming is not allowed on the lake, it is an awesome place for kids to walk around and explore, or even fish. There are numerous spots along the shore where visitors can hangout.

This Blue Jay Center for Environment Education is a great way to take a break inside- the Nature Discovery Room highlights the natural habitats found at Blue Jay Point, such as the plants, animals and ecology of the fields, forests and streams of the park. The park also offers numerous educational programs through the Blue Jay Center. Families can participate in nature walks, wildlife observation, and hands-on activities that educate and entertain. The park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, from seasonal festivals to guided nature tours..

The park also has Go Ape Treetop Ropes Courses for various ages and abilities! There is a “Journey Course” for kids at least 39 inches tall or beginners that features 2 zip lines and 20 elevated obstacles. The “Adventure Course” is more challenging and designed for anyone who is at least 10 years old and at least 55 inches tall. It has more than 40 obstacles and takes 2-3 hours to complete! 

Whether you’re planning a family picnic, exploring the lake, adventuring through a woodsy ropes course, or simply looking to let your kids play at an awesome playground, Blue Jay Point County Park has something fun for everyone!

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