It’s hard to tell how many hands have touched those monkey bars at the playground, but it’s still possible to get some fresh air while avoiding germs. Soak up some much-needed vitamin D at these local spots that have plenty of room to keep your distance from others.
No, it’s not open to the public, but if you feel the need to cuddle goats (which we do 24/7, tbh) you can set something up by emailing email@example.com or DMing the farm on Facebook.
There are plenty of quality views to go around at Reservoir Park in Southern Pines. More than 12 miles of greenway trails can be accessed from the park, so dust off the bikes from the garage and get those endorphins flowing, or push a kayak into the water. You know, while keeping a safe distance from others. 300 Reservoir Park Road, Southern Pines
Phillips Memorial Park
This Cameron gem has become a popular spot for engagement and wedding photos — but the pond and picturesque walking trails on its 26 acres will have you hankering for a stroll. 145 Fayetteville Street, Cameron
Gaze at the ye olde longleaf pines and sing them a song, hike along the trails or just enjoy the sunshine at Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve. The main tract can get crowded but check out the trails less traveled, like the Boyd and Paint Hill tracts. You’ll escape the house and your kids and your pups can burn off some much needed energy. 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines.
**Update: The Weymouth Woods Visitor Center and Discovery Room are closed to the public. All trails are still open.
More than 80 acres of grassy goodness await you at The NAV. Fun fact: Their fields are open to the public to kick the soccer ball, run around or just scream at the top of your lungs. The world’s your oyster. 201 Air Tool Drive, Southern Pines
Plenty of room for kids to run is this park’s main plus, but a small playground serves as a hidden gem, and a picnic shelter offers restrooms and water. 198 Barcroft Lane, Southern Pines