Stay and Play

Stay and Play in the Peak! Apex Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources is committed to providing you with valuable ways to recreate, whether in person or at home. Take part in our programs, participate in a fun family-oriented event, or check out the Stay and Play Videos below.

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Apex scarecrow row Apex Scarecrow Row & Haunted Trail

We are excited to hold our first Scarecrow Row right here in Apex at Apex Community Park (2200 Laura Duncan Rd)!

Friday, Oct 22 - Sunday, Oct 31: Several families who signed up for our scarecrow decorating event got together on Thursday, October 21 to make the scarecrows for the Haunted Trail! The homemade scarecrows have been placed along a "haunted" nature trail, which will be open to everyone to take a spooky walk the week before Halloween. This event is free, open to anyone and no registration is required. You can find this trail directly across from the large shelter, just before entering the path around the lake from the parking lot. Come by anytime the park is open (6:30am-10pm).

*Note: This trail was advertised to start Oct 25 but opened early on Oct 22!

Vote for your favorite scarecrow and look for spooky things in our Haunted Trail scavenger hunt here!

StoryWalk® at the Parkstorywalk small sign

We are excited to introduce StoryWalk® to Apex! You can read a provided children's book as you walk along a short trail. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.

CURRENT LOCATIONS (as of 9/24/21):  Apex Nature Park, 2600 Evans Rd entrance, around the small pond by the dog park

CURRENT BOOK:  S'mores Indoors by Eric Robertson and Lynda Sing

Questions? Call 919-249-3402, message us on Facebook or send an email.

If you have already done one of our Storywalks®, we would love for you to share your feedback here. We typically keep our books up for about a month at each location. We will update the webpage here as soon as changes are made. 

 Kids in Parks TRACK Trailkids in park

We re excited to partner with Kids in Parks to bring a TRACK Trail to the path around Lake Pine in Apex Community Park.

When you visit the park, you will find this new kiosk at the trailhead next to the shelters. Drive in from the Laura Duncan entrance (2200 Laura Duncan Rd) all the way back to the end of the parking lot. 

To learn more about this exciting new adventure for kids, click here.

Copy of nature scavenger hunt (1) Spring Nature Scavenger Hunt

We have an updated version of our nature scavenger hunt up now at Salem Pond Park!

Add a little bit of adventure to your walk by participating in our scavenger hunt! Salem Pond Park includes a paved path around the pond and a train themed playground. You can participate in the scavenger hunt anywhere in the park!

All you need to do is check the list in this form and submit what items you find! 

Questions? Call 919-249-3402, message us on Facebook or send an email.

Stay and Play Videos

This video series highlights ways that you and your family can engage creatively and actively at home or on the go with us. From nature education and crafts to sports and recreation, we will have you covered. Stay tuned as more videos will be posted soon!

If you have any fun videos or photos of ways you are recreating in the Peak, please share with us! You can email us at If you want to share something on social media, tag us @ApexParks and #StayandPlay