Groups and Reservations

picnic shelter in front of field

Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is looking forward to your group visit! Our parks provide reservations for picnic shelters and photography permits as resources to the public. Depending on the size and scope of your group, you may need a Park Use Agreement. Find all the information you need for a great group visit here.


Picnic shelters are available for public use at five Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space locations. Visit our Shelters Page to learn more, including capacity limits and other rules. If you already know what shelter you want, you can reserve it through our online registration system. 

Helpful Hint: Within the reservation filter search function, the available search time must be between 9 a.m. and the seasonal park closing time. If you designate a time that is before or after shelter availability, the system will notify you that it is closed for reservation. You can contact the specific park for seasonal closing times.

Group Visits

Are you bringing a group out to one of our parks? Planning a meet up? Group ride? Small event? You might need a Park Use Agreement. Let us know ahead of time, and we can work with your group to make sure you have a great visit! Contact us:


Which of our parks and preserves works best for your group visit? Find out more about our parks, including hours, parking and facility information.

Professional Photography Permits

Wake County’s parks and preserves provide the perfect backdrop for your bridal, graduation, prom or family photos. To ensure that all park visitors have an enjoyable experience, registration is required for professional, client-based photo shoots. Photographers are responsible for reviewing the permit process and photography rules. Photographers must create an account to reserve permits.