Harris Lake Park: Something For Everyone (no, really!)

Harris Lake is a 680-acre state park that is beautifully maintained. It rest on Harris Lake (of course) and when we say that it has something for everyone, we really mean it. It accommodates all ages and activity levels, from advanced biking, to stroller walks, to bird watching, to fishing, to doing nothing at all. Which activity level are you today?

High Energy

I don’t just mean you, but the kids too. There is a beautiful playground for the kids to get their energy out while you rest comfortably. There are restrooms nearby, because it never fails that someone has to “go potty” at the playground. Nearby are open fields for tag or for the little ones to run around until they collapse. Doesn’t that sound delightful?

Large Playground (and clean bathrooms)

If you have some extra energy to get out too, try their biking trail, which accommodates beginner to advanced bikers. Grab your friends for some volleyball on their sand volleyball court, or a game of Ultimate frisbee or touch football in the open fields. Speaking of Frisbee…

They have a disc golf course! Play alone or with some buddies. The course is set at least partially in the woods so you will have a challenge. Mind the trees!

Activities abound for the water and land lovers alike. There are convenient launches for kayaks and canoes. Boats with motors must launch at a nearby area, but can freely enjoy the lake. If you are more of a dry-land person, enjoy some Geocaching. There are approved geocaches throughout the park. Be still my heart!


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Wildlife is abundant and valued at this park. Deer, turtles, and snakes can be seen if you are observant. In one visit, we saw a deer up close and helped a tiny turtle cross the road. It was a cool day.

The park offers a bird watching trail for the advanced birder or novice observer. There are so many photo opportunities here that you could spend a whole morning taking gorgeous pictures of the park’s flora and fauna.

Drones are allowed at the park too (with certain regulation, of course) so you can get a bird’s eye view of the park, the lake, and the wildlife, while honing your droning skills.


Take a stroll. They have paved paths for you to take a stroller or wheelchair to get the kids or great gramps some fresh air. There are also shelters for a picnic and you can find a nice open space just about anywhere to do some cloud watching.

The lake is beautiful and makes for great fishing. Enjoy the view and listen to the sounds of the waves on their spacious dock or on its banks, while you cast into the still lake waters. Fishing is great at any age. It teaches patience and appreciation for the outdoors. Kids can also play with the worms. That’s always fun.

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