Visiting the Fred G. Bond Metro Park
The 310-acre Fred G. Bond Metro Park in the heart of the town of Cary, North Carolina, is an oasis that offers many types of fun recreation. It is one of Wake County’s largest municipal parks, has free admission, and the gates open by 7:30 AM and close at sunset. There are activities for the whole family and for visitors of all ages, the park overlooks a large lake, and the design acts to preserve the environment. The park is part of the greenway system throughout the city with a special trail that winds through the area.
The park’s most prominent and popular feature is its many well-maintained and well-marked trails that are ideal for hiking, jogging, biking, and walking your dog through the woods and around the lake. There is a rustic trail behind the lake and other trails that are blacktop, partly paved, dirt, soft surface, or grass. The three different loop trails meet up at a central spot, and all trails are relatively short with the Lake Trail being the longest at 2.2 miles. That provides a lovely hike around the lake with a good portion being natural terrain winding through the trees and going over numerous bridges. It is also great for walking in the shade during the hot summer, and the paved trails are handicap assessable.
- You can rent a kayak or a paddle boat or a canoe to go out into the lake or buy worms and go fishing off the dock/pier. There are no motorized boats permitted on the lake.
- You can feed ducks and geese.
- Ball fields include ones for baseball, volleyball, basketball, and softball.
Other Available Activities
- You can have a picnic in the fields or woods or a family gathering in a covered cabin-like shelter/pavilion with large long tables and a rear deck complete with rocking chairs.
- There are playgrounds for the children with swings and other things for the kids to play on and shady areas for the watching adults. There is also a sledding hill when there is snow plus the popular Pokémon Go!
- There are all kinds of special community events on weekends and at holidays including a Laze Daze Festival, a kite flying event, and others both outdoors and in the Senior Center with its multiple courts and party room.
- A Boathouse is on the waterfront, and in addition to selling bait and providing boat rentals, it has ice cream, snacks, drinks, and more. On the beach there, you can see beautiful sunsets.
- A Challenge Course is an outdoor learning facility for individuals and groups to participate in a graduated progression of challenge activities.
- The Sertoma Amphitheatre with a stage accommodates 350 spectators for outdoor performances.