No, we only allow parking at Trails End Park for those who are utilizing the boat slip to actively fish.  However, the park itself closes at sunset. River Road Park closes at sunset and does not allow overnight parking.


Yes, you may have a fundraising event if you are an established non-profit organization or sponsored by an established non-profit organization and be able to provide us with your tax ID number.

Yes!  The splashpad is accessible to anyone using a mobility device.  We also have a water wheelchair that can be used by those whose mobility devices cannot tolerate moisture. Contact the parks and gardens office at (910) 798-7620 to use the water wheelchair.

The Liberty Wheelchair Swing requires a code to unlock the swing for use.  Contact the parks office during business hours (Monday-Friday 8am-5pm) at (910) 798-7620 to obtain the code.

We do not allow anyone to rake pine straw in the parks.  The pine straw is used throughout the parks.

No, you must abide by the county leash law.  Dogs are only allowed off leash in designated areas at Long Leaf Park and Ogden Park.

Beer and wine in non-glass containers are allowed with a picnic shelter reservation – No liquor is allowed.  Alcohol must be kept underneath or within 50 feet of the shelter and is not permitted on or near a playground.  Beer and wine are permitted with an Airlie Gardens event reservation with the proper permit.

No, overnight parking is not allowed in any New Hanover County owned park.

No, yard sales are not allowed.

Yes, you may use a metal detector, however, digging is not allowed in any park.

Requests to fly drones must be approved by the Parks Assistant Director. Requestor must provide proof of General Liability insurance with at least $1 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate.

Decisions to close athletic fields due to weather are typically made between 12-1pm each day.

Parks & Gardens gives you the option to receive field notifications by email or text message through the RainedOut app.  To register, go to the RainedOut website by clicking here and sign up with your mobile phone number or email address.  You will then receive the notifications.  You may unsubscribe from the service at any time.

*RainedOut is a third party app used by the county.  To receive emails is FREE, but there is a charge of $7.30/year for recipients to receive text messages.

Field closures are also posted on the Parks & Gardens homepage, facebook and twitter.

Yes, we have basketball courts at Arrowhead, Kings Grant, Long Leaf, Parkwood, Ogden and Veterans Parks.

Requests to fly model airplanes must be approved by the Parks Assistant Director. Requestor must provide proof of General Liability insurance with at least $1 million per occurrence and $2 million aggregate.

No, hitting golf balls is not allowed on any parks facilities.

Unfortunately, we do not allow tables to be brought into the park without a picnic shelter reservation.  We have individual picnic tables in the parks that can be used on a first come first served basis.

You can use shelters on a first come, first served basis if they are not reserved by another group.

Yes, we do charge a fee to reserve a shelter, however, unreserved shelters may be used on a first come, first served basis

Reservations may be made one year in advance.

Shelter #6 at Long Leaf Park is the largest shelter.  It has enough seating for 125 adults.

We do not allow tents or inflatables with picnic shelter reservations.

Swimming is not allowed at any of the county parks except for the pool at Echo Farms Park.  Click here for Echo Farms pool information

Yes, we have launch sites at River Road, Smith Creek and Trails End Parks, and Pages Creek Park Preserve.

Small motorized boats may be launched at River Road and Trails End Parks.  Kayaks and non-motorized watercraft may be launched at River Road, Smith Creek and Trails End Parks, and Pages Creek Park Preserve.

Catch-and-release fishing is allowed at River Road, Smith Creek, and Trails End Parks with a valid NC Fishing License.  Get your fishing license here.

Yes, the cost is $9 for adults, $5 for NHC Residents and Military and $3 for children age 4-12 years. Admission is free for NHC Residents the first Sunday of every month.  (proof of ID is needed for NHC Residents and Military)

Due to the unpredictable nature of animals, Airlie does not allow pets in the Gardens.  Pets are not conducive towards our focus on water quality, wildlife, visitor comfort and manicured horticulture.

Fishing and kayaking are not daily experiences offered at the gardens.  We do offer kayaking and fishing programs through the Environmental Education Program.  Please check the events calendar to view a list of our scheduled programs.

Airlie Gardens does not offer food service.  The gift shop does carry small snacks and there is a drink vending machine located outside the gift shop.  Please visit the Garden Services Center to view a collection of menus from area restaurants.  Within one mile of the Gardens there are 15 restaurants.  We are glad to call any restaurant to see if they offer call ahead seating and make a reservation for you.

Airlie is predominantly a walking experience, but many of our paths and gardens are easily accessible by wheelchair.  Thanks to funding from two local foundations, we also offer an Accessibility Tram.  On scheduled days, the tram drives a route around the gardens.  You can get on and off the tram at your leisure.  There are six tram stops in the gardens.  Click here for the Tram Schedule

Yes, we hold many special events every year.  Click here to go to our Weddings & Events page

Yes.  The courts are available to the public, however, they must be reserved in order to play.  Court reservations are $5/hour for New Hanover County residents and $8/hour for non-residents.  Court reservations may be made online at ParksReservations.NHCgov.com, by phone at (910) 798-7730 or onsite in the tennis pro shop.

Shirts and tennis shoes are required.

NHC Parks & Gardens Office: 896 Airlie Road, Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7620 • Fax 910-798-7621
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