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Greenfield Lake Park

Address: 1739 Burnett Blvd, Wilmington

Located close to downtown Wilmington, Greenfield Lake/Park is a must see. This is one of my favorite parks in Wilmington, NC. It’s filled with nature, wildlife and fun activities for kids and adults. Oh and there is a ton of space for dogs to enjoy as well.

Picnic under the covered shelters, on one of the many wooded lookout areas by the lake or on the grass under the huge mature tree. The park offers a lot for every age group and has a 4.5 mile paved walkway around the lake, which is great for a stroller or bike ride. The path easily fits a double stroller and is a great place to walk with a friend.

Watch out for alligators that call this lake home and see how many turtles you can count soaking up the sun or swimming around in the water!

  • Parking: Several parking lots
  • Restrooms: Available near the main entrance/ playgrounds
  • Stroller Friendly: yes!

Other activities offered:

  • 2 Tennis Courts (no lights) behind 302 Willard St
  • Greenfield Grind Skate Park (behind 302 Willard St) 
  • Water Access (no boat motors)
  • Kayak Access
  • Paddle Boats/Canoe Rentals (with a covered awning)
    • We love to rent these when a concert is performing at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
    • Cost: $10 – $15/Hour
    • 11: 00 AM – 5:00 PM, January – November (closed Tuesday)
  • Playground
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Fishing
  • Walking

Click here to view the City of Wilmington Park Map

Check out this great website, which has a “Guided Tour” and Brief History of Greenfield Lake – Cape Fear River Watch Website.

According to Cape Fear River Watch’s website, Greenfield Lake was built in the 1730’s by Dr. Samuel Green to help with rice production. In the early 1900’s the lake became a popular recreation destination for swimming and boating and there was once an amusement park on the park land. In 1925 the city bought the land for $25,000.

Greenfield Lake and Park is one of the most beautiful places in Wilmington. It is a fun place for kids to play and a peaceful place for parents too. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Your Friend, Amanda

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