Halyburton Memorial Park is a perfect break for visitors who wish to take a break from the busy Downtown Wilmington shopping, dining and attractions, and just relax amidst the natural ponds and distinct rolling sand hills, and watch the wildlife breeze by.
Located just Southeast of Wilmington’s historical Downtown and city center, and easily located off of 17th Street, the maintain is an oasis in a dynamic city, with a 58 acre system of land that is 70% undeveloped, with only a few domestic advancements located on the outskirts of the park to obstruct of the natural views.
A handicapped-accessible 1.3 mile hiking and biking trail circles the border of the park, with plenty of “spin-off” trails along the way to check out. These literally vibrant routes, called the Green Trail, Blue Path, and Red Trail, wind through the heart of the Halyburton Park Nature Preserve, passing by beautiful pond neglects and acres of sand hills, which are distinct in coastal Carolina.
In fact, the majority of the park includes these sloping sand hills, with long leaf pine trees which tower overhead. These trees are approximately 70 years old, and are a relic from the original miles of log leaf pine trees which utilized to control the eastern seaboard landscape well before coastal development removed. The small ponds in the center of the Preserve are limestone depression ponds, and provide a valuable habitat for lots of species of frogs, dragonflies, damselflies, and aquatic pests.
The most outstanding element of the park, however, is perhaps the Events and Visitors’ Center situated close to the park’s entryway. Here, visitors in groups of 6 or more can register beforehand for interactive educational programs on regional subjects consisting of Reptiles and Amphibians, Animal tracks and Indications, Pond Life, Birding, and many more. The park’s staff can even customize an educational program to fit any group demands. Questions and details concerning special programs can be directed to the main office at 910-341-0075.
The Occasions Center is also offered for private events, including business meetings, weddings, and even receptions in a genuinely wild area. Visitors can decide to schedule the whole building, or the surrounding picnic shelter which is a popular spot for family and organization picnics and barbecues.
A playground is located at the park, ideal for young ones, and fitness classes are used routinely in the outdoors. Visitors and residents alike can sign up for yoga, Pilates, and other invigorating exercise sessions, made even more enjoyable and peaceful with the natural outdoor setting. Kayaking throughout the pond is a popular adventure, and the park is very popular with joggers and runners who utilize the boundary trail as a remarkably peaceful running track.
Regular events and nature programs are likewise held for smaller groups who wish to discover more about the Preserve, and the park is constantly open for folks who simply wish to delight in a quiet walk through one of Wilmington’s a lot of peaceful places.
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