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Forest Ridge Park

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Opened 2017

587 Acres of parkland adjacent to Falls Lake with mountain biking, multi-use trails, fishing, wildlife garden and nature programs. 

Get up-to-date information on what Forest Ridge has to offer by visiting us at the Welcome Center. Check out our loaner equipment including explorer and art backpacks. The Welcome Center is open daily at 8 a.m.

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Assistant Park Manager:
Matthew Scheffel


Forest Ridge
2100 Old NC 98 HWY
Wake Forest, NC 27587

Public Programs

Forest Ridge Park offers a variety of outdoor and adventure recreation programs that focus on fitness, and nature education! Check out our lists of programs below and register today!

Learn more about Outdoor Recreation

Nature and Art Loaner Equipment

Use one of our Explorer Backpacks for children with binoculars, compass, and bug viewing boxes. Art Backpacks for adults with sketch pads, pencils, and other drawing tools are also available for free. 

All loaner equipment is on a first come first serve basis. Backpacks can be checked out for free at the Welcome Center. 



Fishing is allowed during park hours, check out our loaner fishing equipment free of charge. Plan for your trip; bank fishing areas are subject to environmental conditions, infrastructure is minimal, and bait is not available at park office.

  • Bank fishing is available in designated areas
  • Fishing is subject to State fishing regulations

Questions? Call the Park Office for up to date conditions.

Wildlife Garden

The garden is designed for pollinators and wildlife food source and habitat. It was installed in winter 2017. It is focused on native plant species and selected for deer resistance and is part of the NCWF Wildlife Habitat and NC Butterfly Highway. Created and maintained by volunteers: Neuse River Hawks.

Learn more about the Volunteer Program


Adjacent to the picnic shelters, our playgrounds feature adventure elements for ages 5-12. Multi-element design for both young and older youth.

  • Features include zipline, slides, swings, climbing elements with rubber surfacing.


Forest Ridge Park has trails for anyone. Both paved and unpaved trails available. Check out the newly designed single track mountain bike trail. 

Single Track trails may close due to adverse weather and environmental conditions, typically after rain events. Please View Trail Status or contact the park office for trail conditions.

  • 3 miles of single track mountain bike trails including both a 2-mile loop and a 1-mile loop.
  • 1.25 miles of unpaved multi-use trails
  • Single track hiking trails
  • Paved Trails

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Disc Golf Course

Enjoy the newly designed seasonal 9-hole disc golf course at Forest Ridge Park. The course will be open October-March during regular park hours. The first tee box is located just south of the main parking lot. Please follow all course guidelines to ensure the enjoyment and sustainability of the course. Loaner discs are available at the park office.  

Site Rentals

Meeting Room

Contact the Forest Ridge Office to reserve this space for your next meeting, party, or gathering. Tables, chairs, and kitchenette provided.

  • Capacity: 47 people
  • AV, wifi, and setup options available; additional fees may apply
  • $65/hr with a 2-hour minimum

Picnic Shelters

Use our picnic shelters for your next gathering. Shelters are first come first serve. However, if you would like to reserve a shelter for your next party, contact the Welcome Center office.

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Shelter 1

Open to the public on a first come basis unless reserved in advance. Reservations can be made by contacting the park office at 919-996-5800

  • Capacity: 96 people
  • 2 grills
  • 16 tables
  • Rental Fee: $15 per hour with a two hour minimum

Shelter 2

Open to the public on a first come basis unless reserved in advance. Reservations can be made by contacting the park office at 919-996-5800.

  • Capacity: 72 people
  • 2 grills
  • 12 tables
  • Rental Fee: $15 per hour with a two hour minimum

November - February Hours

8:00 am-6:00 pm
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