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Chapel Hill, North Carolina Parks & Recreation Guide

Whether you’re planning a brief visit to Chapel Hill for a weekend getaway, or researching your potential new home, you’ll find plenty of great places to get some exercise and have fun with friends and family. Check out our Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation guide for the inside scoop on local parks and greenways.

Dive In!

When the summer heat is getting you down, there’s nothing like a dip in a pool to lift your spirits. Chapel Hill’s Homestead Aquatic Center and the newly renovated Community Center Pool are both great places to dive in and splash around.

Take a Stroll in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill has plenty of scenic paths and greenways perfect for a hike or bike ride with the family. Unpaved Battle Branch Trail is fun for adventurous runners and hikers. Those looking for a leisurely stroll will love Fan Branch Trail’s wide, paved path and easy pace. Lower Booker Creek Trail is another popular trek for walkers, joggers, and cyclists.

Open Spaces

The Chapel Hill Community Center has something for everyone. Picnic tables, a rose garden, and a playground are all part of the draw here. If you want to take your four-legged buddies for a grand day out, Homestead Park is the spot. Dogs are allowed off-leash, and it’s also a popular local kickball hotspot. Southern Community Park features dog parks, plus a Frisbee golf course, basketball courts, and a roller hockey court.