Chatham Park: Outdoor Living, Working, Learning and Playing

Outdoor Living in Chatham Park

There’s something sweet about the spring and summer seasons here in Chatham Park; they’re among the most enjoyable times of the year. Days are long, warm and colorful. Evenings are filled with the flicker of lightning bugs and breeze from surrounding pine trees.

Beyond the scenic landscapes, however, there are countless ways for current and future Chatham County residents to soak up the outdoors in Chatham Park. No matter what pastimes you enjoy, endless options await you within walking distance or a short drive. Here are just a few:

Explore Nature

Abundant outdoor spaces will spark your interest in hiking, camping and exploring some of the most beautiful country in the Southeast. Chatham Park is positioned near two outstanding water and wildlife areas—Jordan Lake and the Haw River.

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From picnics with family and friends to camping, boating, fishing, waterskiing, and swimming, you can do it all on Jordan Lake’s pristine 16,000-acre reservoir. With nine access areas, 1,000 campsites, 7 swim areas, and 14 miles of winding hiking trails too, there’s a reason more than one million people visit every year.

While you’re hiking or on the water, don’t be surprised if you spot majestic birds. Bald eagles, ospreys, great blue herons, or double-crested cormorant are common in Chatham County. In fact, Jordan Lake is one of the largest bald eagle nesting sites on the east coast. Preserved habitats like these help support protection efforts.

If bird watching strikes your fancy, you can even register for a Bald Eagle Discovery Hike.

Chatham Park, filled with scenic beauty, is in a moderate Zone 7 climate with diverse gardening opportunities. You’ll find hundreds of native plants here including Cherokee Rose and 131 wildflower species.

Create and care for your own garden. There are three optimal growing seasons: spring, summer, and fall. Turn to Extension Master Gardener Volunteers and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension for knowledge that can help you maintain your own sustainable, resilient garden.

Attractions & Activities

SUMMERFEST Chatham County Chatham Park

Photo Credit: The Pittsboro Business Association / SUMMERFEST

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Photo Credit: Carolina Tiger Rescue

In downtown Pittsboro, attend The Pittsboro Business Association’s annual SUMMERFEST festival, which is free. Enjoy live music, games, and food – as well as a bicycle parade, chicken bingo, corn hole tournament, watermelon seed spitting contest, pie throwing contest, and a dunking booth.

A nonprofit wildlife sanctuary, Carolina Tiger Rescue is located right outside of Pittsboro, and is home to not just tigers, but lions, cougars, leopards, binturongs, caracals, kinkajous, ocelots, servals, and bobcats, too. On your trip, you may even meet four of their newest feline residents

 

Photos courtesy of @pittsborocvb on Instagram

Chatham Historical Museum

Photo: Chatham Historical Museum

Toast family and friends in your choice of local bistros and  breweries. Two hot spots right in Penguin Place are The Roots Cellar and House of Hops

Dive into area history at the Chatham Historical Museum. From artifacts to colonial times to profiles of the people and places, you can explore the rich history of Chatham County.

There’s no shortage of spectacular golf courses surrounding Chatham Park. Tee up at The Preserve at Jordan Lake, Old Chatham Golf Club, Twin Lakes and The Golf Club at Chapel Ridge.

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Photo: Trip Advisor

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Photo: ChathamNC.org

Admire the work of local artists or sleuth around historic buildings in Pittsboro’s landmark district.  The Small Museum of Folk Art in Pittsboro is a can’t-miss destination. Don’t let its size fool you! It’s a small space, but filled over 400 folk art pieces, collected over a 30-year period, that are truly delightful.

Keep the kids entertained and active through one of the many youth camps offered by the Chatham County Department of Parks & Recreation.

When future residents clock out in Chatham Park, they will easily clock into the rest of their life: a bright and varied palette of options for shopping, dining, culture, entertainment or getting back to nature.

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