Monday, March 12, 2012

North Forest Hills Park - Chapel Hill

Aren't you loving this weather!?  Perfect park weather and since it is a free activity that works so well with multiple kids we've been park hopping a lot lately.

Last week Sarah C. and I met S'Rich and her gang for a picnic at the park.  We're always looking for things based on location since we live all over the Triangle and given that North Forest Hills Park isn't too far from 40 and the Timberlyne area we gave it a go.  (Keep in mind that this is different than Forest Hills Park in Durham.)
This was a cute park.  The playground equipment states it is for kids ages 5-12 but our boys are younger and did fine.  There are poles and wide ladders that have fall-potential but our kids are playground savvy and nothing was ridiculous.  The play structure is also not too far off the ground (unlike that crazy Duke Park tower!).

The structure itself is surprisingly large with some nice tactile exhibits and some ramps but no swings at this park.  Also, no shade and the ground cover is sand.

There were about 4 picnic tables under the nearby picnic shelter that we utilized (I even brought a picnic of sandwiches I had picked up at Foster's Market over on MLK).

There is a basketball court here, too, that is paved.  There are some paved paths that lead off the playground area but don't be deceived, these aren't really for walking.  They are short short short.  They really are just paths to get from one place to another (up to the basketball courts or down to the adjacent neighborhood).

There are restrooms but they are closed off-season from October through April so there is a port-a-john there in the meantime.

The best thing about this playground, really, is how little known it is.  It is buried far back in a community relatively close to the popular Homestead Park.  We had this playground completely to ourselves the whole time we were there and I think it's mostly because a lot of folks just don't know about it.

  • paved parking lot
  • basketball court
  • playground
  • restrooms
  • picnic shelter
Hope your park hopping is going well!  Please tell us all about it!

North Forest Hills Park
121 Collums Road
Chapel Hill


At April 4, 2012 at 10:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, this is our park! There are trails in the woods from both the basketball court to the field area. We love it, and it is shaded once the leaves come out. Thanks for checking it out!


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