The Park

Funded Projects

The Welcome Center: After opening in the fall of 2015. It now houses The Park’s restrooms and water fountains.

Perry N. Rudnick Community Room: This space is a well-used area of The Park for meetings and parties.

The Boyd Deck: Right outside of the rear of the Welcome Center, this deck provides a “lookout” into the total park space, trails, and nature that abounds.

The Robert V. Staton Pavilion: This pavilion was dedicated in September 2016 and is a stunning 60-person post-and-beam style building designed for events, weddings, art and theatre events, and musical performances.

The Bryan Playground: This world-class playground designed for 5-12 year olds, attracts children and families daily to exercise, play and just enjoy!

1.5 additional miles of trails:

  • The Ed Lastein Trail: sponsors Village of Flat Rock Council
  • Linda Fitzpatrick Trail: sponsors Jay and Linda Fitzpatrick:
  • Highland Lake Neighborhood Trail: sponsors Highland Lake Neighborhood
  • Payne Fund Trail: sponsors Tim and Mary Bolton
  • Leisching/Taylor/DeBuvitz Trail: sponsor Louaine Leisching
  • TD Bank Trail: sponsor TD Bank
  • The Happy Trail: sponsor Dave Keierleber:
  • Barber By-Pass and Dan and Nan’s Trail: sponsors Dan and Nancy Barber
  • Sweetheart Trail: sponsor Christine Hicks:
  • McCann Family Trail: sponsors Rosemary and Norm McCann
  • Pardee Healthy Way: sponsor Johnna Reed, Pardee UNC Health Care:
  • Abby Bridger Trail: sponsors Eleanor and Kendall Bryan
  • Thomas Loop: sponsors Nancy and Tom Hester
  • Gough Nature Trail: sponsors Dennis and Ida Gough
  • Reflection Pond and benches: sponsors Dennis and Victoria Flanagan


The Quiet Place: This small shelter perched near the wetlands hosts a perfect place for reflection.

Inspiration Point (sponsors tom and Nancy Hester): a deck overlooking the pond below the nature cener

Eppler Overlook: wide and shady overlook positioned between pond and wetland area

Tot Lot: A new addition to our world-class Bryan playground designed for younger children under 5 year olds. The playground offers safety and inclusion of designed for toddlers with handicap accessible playspace.

Covered Shelter: The shelter addition brings seating and picnic space to the playground area. Bridging both the Bryan Playground and Tot Lot the shelter provides visitors much needed comfort.

See what’s happening

55 Highland Golf Dr.
Flat Rock, NC 28731

Open everyday 6:00am to 8:00pm

Priority Project Donations

All of these projects were swiftly added to The Park at Flat Rock because of the grants and donations received by the Foundation for The Park’s Priority Projects. As special thanks, these projects are in dedication and will be under construction in 2016-2018.

The Eppler Overlook: Named in honor of one of The Park’s benefactors, Richard E. Eppler Jr., this overlook perched across two wetland areas will provide a resting spot with several unique views of The Park.

The Maybank-Rhett Nature Center: This center is located among three distinct environments: the meadow, wetlands and the forest. This will be a place to learn about The Park’s flora and fauna giving all the opportunity to learn more about The Park’s natural environment.

The Leisching-Taylor-DeBuvitz Trail:  This Trail will connect the above projects and the MayBank-Rhett Nature Center to the 1.4 mile Ed Lastein Trail.

Make a gift today

For information on donating to the Park Foundation, including naming opportunities, please contact Maurean Adams, development director for the Foundation, at or 828.697.8100, or download our pledge form.

For other ways to donate or get involved with the Flat Rock Park Foundation, visit our Donate page.

…and more! View the additional trails to be constructed as a result of the Trails Campaign!

Why I Use the Park

Terry and Christine Hicks

"We love walking in The Park. It provides us with serenity... exercise, and the joy of being with and learning from nature." Terry and Christine Hicks  Join us in leaving a legacy of health and well-being in our community. Donate today to support The Park at Flat...

Highland Lake Neighborhood

"The Park has brought our neighborhood so much, it is so close it feels like our back yard. When we saw the plans for the Park, we were inspired to help build trails. And by coming together and each giving a little we were able to have a trail named after our...

Jay & Linda Fitzpatrick

"After seeing the idea of sponsoring parts of the trail... I decided that this would be a great way of honoring my wife, Linda. I am so glad that I did this and very happy that more people of Flat Rock are joining in to help make The Park at Flat Rock one of the...