Blue Jay Point Trail

Falls Lake Recreation Area, North Carolina

Elevation Gain104ft
Trailhead Elevation326ft
Elevation Min/Max245/326ft
Elevation Start/End326/326ft

Blue Jay Point Trail

Blue Jay Point Trail is a hiking trail in Wake County, North Carolina. It is within Falls Lake Recreation Area. It is 0.3 miles long and begins at 326 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 104 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Falls Lake Trail.

Blue Jay Point Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Set on the shores of scenic Falls Lake, this trail-laden park offers a fun loop hike using the long-distance Falls Lake Trail combined with other shorter nature trails. Your circuit hike leaves the inviting environmental education center, passes a wildflower garden, then works down to Falls Lake, where it skirts the shore and heads out to sandy points. More views await at other overlooks as you walk the edge of the lake. Climb hills back to the trailhead.

Blue Jay Point County Park was formed after Falls Lake came to be. Falls Lake was established after the US Army Corps of Engineers condemned the land currently under Falls Lake and the surrounding shoreline of what was then the free-flowing
Neuse River. The Neuse River is formed at the confluence of the Eno River and the Flat River. This confluence occurs at what is now Falls Lake."

"The focal point of this park is environmental education. When you add the natural beauty of Blue Jay Point County Park with its hardwood and pine forests, gently rolling hills, and large grassy fields, you have an ideal walk for environmentalists as well as parents and children. School groups regularly visit the park, especially the center for environmental education.

Special attractions: Fishing, walking, hiking, picnicking, a playground, and open-play fields are some of the amenities that await your visit to Blue Jay Point. However, the park’s main attraction is its environmental education programming featured throughout the park but particularly at the Blue Jay Center for Environmental Education."

"This loop, combining three popular trails in Blue Jay Point County Park, starts from the visitor center and garden area. From here you cross the park’s main road and follow an unpaved footpath through the playing field. You then join the Blue Jay Point Trail on a pleasant walk that traverses small hills and leads to Blue Jay Point, with scenic views of the surrounding Falls Lake. From here the trail backtracks to the Falls Lake Trail and follows along the shore of Falls Lake, passing a short spur trail that leads to Beaver Point, another scenic overlook of the lake. The route then circles back to the northwest on the Beaver Point Trail, which intersects the Azalea Loop Trail before returning to the visitor center and garden area, where you started."

"This loop trail begins with a self-guided interpretive hike, then strikes out for the shore of Falls Lake. Follow the lakeside, stopping for a great view before heading back for home. Wildflowers are especially common in spring months, and a garden area features native plants selected to attract wildlife.

Blue Jay Point County Park covers a 236-acre peninsula on Falls Lake. The park’s longest trail is a 4-mile section of Falls Lake Trail, which itself extends beyond the park and is a part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail."

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A peaceful, lovely park, great for kids and dogs. There are playgrounds, picnic areas, and many trails that intersect so you have options depending on the amount of hiking you want to do. One of my favorite trails here is the 2 mile path around Falls Lake. The little education center is also great for kids.

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Trail Information

Falls Lake Recreation Area
Nearby City
Falls Lake Recreation Area
Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh, NC 27614; (919) 870-4330; <a href=" "> </a>
Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Center
Local Contacts
Blue Jay Point County Park; USGS Bayleaf
USGS Bayleaf, NC
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Oct 2018