On the sixth day of Raleigh Parks, we visited Fallon Park, which is located just northeast of the Five Points area and not far from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Fallon Park is a long and slender wooded area between Royster St and Oxford Rd at 2601 Oxford Rd. A small stream runs off from the nearby Crabtree Creek and meanders through the park creating small pools for splashing and admiring the water creatures.
The lower level of the park has a large open field with a pavilion, picnic tables, and benches. There is also a leaning deodar cedar tree planted almost 40 years ago that immediately grabs your attention. Be sure to walk along the unpaved path in the park, where you’ll cross over bridges, admire the large rocks along the stream, and enjoy the natural setting. On this particular day we passed quite a few people jogging and walking their dogs. On the northern side of the park, there is a gazebo and additional benches and picnic tables. If you continue heading north on Oxford Rd you’ll eventually come to a portion of the Crabtree Creek Trail, which can take you either to Lassiter Mill Park or Kiwanis Park. I’d love to visit this park again in the spring or fall when the trees are in bloom or changing colors.
Thumbs up: natural setting, exploring the stream, neighborhood setting
Thumbs down: downed trees along stream