Outdoor Recreation in Chapel Hill, NC

By building pedestrian friendly neighborhoods, bike trails and parks, recreation opportunities are greatly encouraged in Chapel Hill, NC.

On Friday, April 19, 2013 - 16:12
UNC Athletic Communications

"Lace up your sneakers, grab a basketball, hop on your bike and please turn off that TV."

That's the message coming loud and clear from Chapel Hill. With the different sports facilities, the many parks, the recreational programs and the miles of bike and pedestrian trails, Chapel Hill is a place where outdoor recreation is not only practiced, but greatly encouraged.

A Lake for All Reasons

University Lake, located in Chapel Hill near the town limits of Carrboro, is a quiet retreat. People come from all over the county so they can boat, fish, picnic and sunbathe in one of North Carolina's most beautiful locations. However, in this lake, swimming and gasoline engines are not allowed, as it is Chapel Hill and Carrboro's water source. Originally built in 1932, it has since become an idyllic place for canoes, kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats and great fishing for largemouth bass, catfish and crappie.

Crazy About Sports

Sports fans love Chapel Hill for its athletic teams and recreational opportunities. Fans cheer for the Durham Bulls Baseball Club and the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team. And let's not forget about the UNC athletics. The University of North Carolina basketball team, the Tar Heels, is a college basketball superpower. Additionally, the Orange County Speedway feeds the racing fans' frenzy, and the Orange County Sportsplex offers a fitness center, an ice rink and an indoor heated pool.

Parking Space

The North Carolina sun shines on many parks and recreational areas in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. Chapel Hill has more than 350 acres of park land in the city as well as more than 730 acres of open space. The parks department in Chapel Hill also offers a wide array of sports for youngsters, teens and adults, including tennis, basketball, lacrosse, swimming, baseball and nature classes. Residents here may also take advantage of city-sponsored programs in dance and arts and general education opportunities with classes such as ceramics and fitness. There are walking trails and greenways, bike trails and picnic facilities, after-school care, wellness programs, therapeutic services and even a rose garden.

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