Spring in North Carolina is an amazing time of year! You can expect a few false starts – tantalizing glimpses of sunlight, flowers blooming early – but once it kicks into gear, it’s unforgettable. And what better way to enjoy nature’s renewal than by getting outside on some trails?

Sanford, North Carolina offers several options for public parks and hiking trails.

San-Lee Park

Sitting on two lakes a few miles east of Downtown, San-Lee Park is over 100 acres of springtime fun, with something for everyone in the family. The lakes are the primary draw: both are open for boating and fishing, and 4 miles of trails are ripe with photography opportunities or quiet places to relax. Geocaching is also popular around the park, and there are 12 miles of bike trails for more adventures.

San-Lee Park is a great place to bring the kids! The Nature Center is a great place for them to learn about local wildlife.

Kiwanis Family Park

For a fun day in the sun with the kids, you can’t beat Kiwanis Family Park. Kids will have hours of fun on the recently built playground, which is accessible for children with disabilities. They’ll also love the splash pad, a large area with kid-friendly fountains for cooling off.

Kiwanis Family Park also features a half-mile paved trail. This trail also connects to the 2.8-mile Big Buffalo Creek Trail if you want a longer journey.

White Pines Nature Preserve

The White Pines Nature Preserve is a unique place. The tree that gives the 275 acres their namesake is usually found in much higher, cooler climates. Thanks to some unusual geographical features, the Preserve can be a whole 10 degrees cooler than neighboring towns!

Along the approximately 6.5 miles of trails in the preserve, you can find a large amount of wildlife unique to the region. Bird watchers will be especially delighted to find over 55 species here; the diversity was why it was brought into the North Carolina Birding Trail.

Relocating to North Carolina? Want to experience both the thriving city life and rural peace of our great state? Sanford, North Carolina is a small Southern town with a lovely downtown area, low cost of living, and easy access to the Triangle and Piedmont Triad. With new homes starting in the $270s, Autumnwood is its hottest new address. Contact us today to learn about our openings!

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