Prior to being purchased by the Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space organization in 1985, Harris Lake County Park’s 680 acres comprised a small community of farms and home sites. Construction of the park, located in the Shearon Harris’ Reservoir in New Hill, began in 1997 and the park opened to the public in May 1999.
The Womble family, who had resided in the area since the 1700s, once raised livestock and grew cotton, tobacco, peanuts, sweet potatoes and sugar cane on the land. Today, remnants of the old home sites are visible along the park’s trails, which accommodate hiking, mountain biking and environmental education. Visitors can also canoe and fish in the lake, and play sand volleyball and disc golf in the park’s recreational areas.
The playground accommodates a kids lot for ages 5-12 and a tot lot for ages 2-5.
The wooded trails are thick with ticks May through November, so wear bug spray and lightweight clothing that covers open skin. Leashed pets are allowed in the park, but camping and open fires are not. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to sunset.