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Unmanned Aerial Systems (Drones) Guidelines in Raleigh Parks

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Know Before You Go Restricted Spaces Sites Approved for 400 Grams

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources department recognizes that operating unmanned aerial systems (UAS) or drones is a popular recreational activity. This webpage serves as a resource to provide the information needed for recreational drone flying in Raleigh parks. 

See the official Raleigh Parks Drone Use Policy here

The parks that have been approved for UAS or drone use are listed below with their hours, designated approved locations, and contact information.

Know Before You Go

As a recreational UAS pilot, you must comply with all flight rules as established by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Recreational users may fly in Raleigh Parks properties if the following conditions are met:

UAS (Drones) weighing less than 400 grams may take off and land in any Raleigh Park except for nature preserves, lakes, wetland centers, or cemeteries. UAS (Drones) weighing more than 400 grams should take off and land from the park locations listed below.

Before flying your drone, be sure to check the area on the B4UFLY Map. Once you enter the location address, click on the map to identify all possible air traffic restrictions including airport/heliports you may need to contact before flight.

Model Rocketry

  • Observe and abide by the National Association of Rocketry Safety Code and Safety Zone Requirements;
  • Not launch in unsafe weather conditions or when wind speeds are greater than 20 miles per hour;
  • Ensure launch sites must have a diameter of at least 400 feet free of any obstructions, including trees, structures, play equipment and should be level;
  • Operate a safe distance from park users;
  • Utilize single rocket engines size “A” or “B”; and,
  • Be responsible for disposing of all trash associated with the activity.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions for UAS (Drones) in the Raleigh Parks System, please contact Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources at 919-996-3285. 

Restricted Spaces

Drones may not take off or land in any of the following spaces:

Nature Preserves




Sites Approved for 400 Grams

Map of Baileywick Park drone area

Baileywick Park

9501 Baileywick Road

Location in Park: Open space

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Map of Eastgate Park drone area

Eastgate Park

4200 Quail Hollow Drive

Location in Park: Multipurpose field

Hours: Noon to dusk

Map of Spring Forest Road Park drone area

Spring Forest Park

4203 Spring Forest Road

Location in Park: Multipurpose field

Hours: Noon to dusk

Map of Marsh Creek Park drone area

Marsh Creek Park

3050 N. New Hope Road

Location in Park: Multipurpose field

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Map of Dorothea Dix Park Drone Area

Dorothea Dix Park

2105 Umstead Drive

Location in Park: Big field only

Hours: Dawn to dusk

Map of Southgate  Park drone area

Southgate Park

1801 Proctor Road

Location in Park: Multipurpose field

Hours: Noon to dusk





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