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The Buckhorn Reservoir consists of 850 acres of water and 350 acres of land.· The Reservoir offers a variety of sporting events for your family including skiing, boating, fishing, personal water craft, picnicking, camping, boat permits, and restrooms.  The hotels in Kenly are conveniently located to an outing at Buckhorn.

Hwy 581 on State Rd. 1142
Wilson, NC

FlowerHill16Curious about what life was like during the Great Depression? Or just looking for a little adventure in the eastern part of the Triangle? Take a trip down memory lane in Johnston County to discover the 1930s at the Flower Hill Nature Preserve.

If you embark on this Adventure on a Saturday, consider stopping by the Selma or Clayton farmers’ markets to pick up some local produce or crafts. If you’re adventuring around the first of July, swing by Ed and Rema Summers’ Farm (protected by TLC with a conservation easement) to pick your own blueberries. Call them at 919-934-0589 to arrange your visit and tell them TLC sent you!

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hatchersbridgetreefarm2810 Shoe Heel Rd.,
Kenly, NC 27542

We offer recreational opportunites and education opportunities to the individuals interested in learning more about the natural world.

Bordered by Little River in Johnston County North Carolina, the 120 acre farm consist of 50 acres of loblolly pine, 17 acres of cropland, a 10 acre meadow, and 43 acres of bottomland hardwoods. Named  after Hatcher's Bridge that crosses Little River adjacent to the property.

The farm is a resource for those individuals working towards environmental education certification and anyone interested in the environment.

Many wild animals call Hatcher's Bridge Tree Farm home including: Deer, Turkey, Quail, Dove, Rabbits, Ducks, Bobcats, Hawks, Groundhogs, and many others.


  • Fishing -in Little River -bass, bluegill, river robin, perch, catfish, Gar.
  • Hiking -signage and our field guide helps you learn more about the environment.  2 miles of trail. Call for appointment
  • Camping -primitive camping only. call for appointment
  • Kayaking -access at Hatcher's Bridge, call for river conditions.
  • Bird watching - call for appointment
  • Cabin -available for environmental related workshops and meetings- call for rates

The farm is closed for the season during Nov. 1 - April 30

Hatcher's Bridge Tree Farm is a member of the Association of N. C. Environmental Education Centers.

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The majority of the recreation activities are based at the Kenly Area Parks And Recreation Center (KAPARC) on College Avenue. This facility includes four ball fields, a soccer complex, two tennis courts, two batting cages, and a half-mile paved walking trail. The entire facility is lighted to accommodate evening activities. We also have a recently restored historic gym that our kids and church leagues keep busy in the winter.

During the summer months, the baseball fields at KAPARC are the host sites for various postseason tournaments such as the Johnston County Cal Ripken Sr. Division Tournament, the Babe Ruth District Three Girls Softball Tournament, and the Babe Ruth 13 Prep North Carolina State Tournament. The park is home to 14 teams in Spring Sports.

406 S. College St.
PO Box 519
Kenly, NC 27542

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Kenly Parks & Recreation offers year-round athletic programming for youth and adults. The following program options are available annually on a seasonal basis:

• Soccer
• Volleyball
• Tee Ball
• Baseball
• Softball
• Cheerleading

Tim Narron, Director of Parks & Recreation
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Maple Ridge Farm is a full service family owned and operated equine facility nestled in the quiet, country setting of Kenly, North Carolina. Our services include full-care pasture and stall horse boarding, overnight boarding, riding lessons for all ages and levels as well as clinics, training, and pony rides. Our gated 50-acre farm is located along the Johnston, Wayne, and Wilson County lines, just two miles off Interstate-95 (Exit 107) and Highway 301, one hour southeast of Raleigh, and 30 minutes from Clayton.

1067 Scott Road
Kenly, NC 27542

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Southern National

This NASCAR sanctioned venue is a quarter-mile oval asphalt track with 17 degree turns featuring Saturday races March to October.

8071 Newsome Mill Rd.
Lucama, NC 27851

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Adult 16 and up $15.00
Seniors Citizens $12.00
Youth 12 - 15 $12.00
Kids 7 - 11 $6.00
Kids 6 and under Free

$3.00 Off Coupons will be distributed by Sponsors and Local Stores.
Coupons Available at:
Big Boys Truck Stop - Kenly
Rockside Tire - (3 Locations) Smithfield, Clayton & Raleigh .
Check back for updated locations as they become available.

2 Adult and 2 Youth or Kids Pack for $30.00, 2 additional youth or kids tickets at $6.00 each.
Maximum of 6 tickets.

Adult - $65.00
Youth - $50.00
Children - $30.00
Family - $165.00

NASCAR License of any type $25.00
No License $35.00
INEX License $26.00
Kids in pits $35.00

Legends and Bandolero Race Entry Fee $35.00 (1 Car and Driver)
All others $35.00

New Transponders $450.00
Rental $ 25.00
Rent to Own $200.00 up front, $25.00 each event until paid off.

Tir-county KartwayHome to some of the fastest karting action and family racing fun in Eastern NC. ·The track is located at the intersection of NC Hwy 581 and NC Hwy 222 five miles outside Kenly. Call for schedule.

NC Hwy 581 and NC Hwy 222
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235-A East Market Street
Smithfield, North Carolina 27577

tel 919.989.8687  |  fax 919.989.6295
toll free 1.800.441.7829

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