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San Lee Park
Kelly Drive
Sanford, NC 27330
(919) 776-9138
Park Description

San-Lee Park is a 177+ acre park, located at 572 Pumping Station Road, that offers hiking trails, a mountain bike trail, a Nature Center, playground, picnic facilities, campgrounds and two stocked lakes for fishing. Paddle boat rentals are available seasonally.

Nature Center

Due to Fire Damage
San-Lee Park Nature Center and
Building Temporarily is CLOSED

Nature Trails

Approximately 4 miles of hiking trails offer a true nature experience at San-Lee Park. The trails wind along the two lakes and through the woods, offering great fishing spots, access to an array of wildflowers, and many great views. There is no cost. The Nature Trails are open year round during park operational hours.

Mountain Bike Trails

This trail measures approximately 5 miles long, and winds around the entire park’s perimeter. It is perfect for the moderate to difficult rider. Trail usage is during park hours. Each year San Lee Park is host to a mountain bike race.

Rod, Reel and Tackle Loaner Program

Kids who don’t have parents who fish or money to buy equipment can check out a rod, reel and tackle to give “America’s #1 Sport” a try. Zebco 33 classic rods and reels will be provided for check but, along with a tackle box, tackle and a how-to-fish booklet. Parents must fill out a registration form then a check out card will be issued.
Program Date Year Round
Rental Date & Site San-Lee Park Office during office hours
Check out rods & reels daily
Fee: Free
Adaptive fishing equipment is also available.

Boat Rentals

The park offers 6 paddleboats and 5 canoes for rent. Life jackets and paddles for canoes are provided. There is a boat dock attendant on duty.
Dates: April – October
1:00 – 6:00 pm weekends only
Rental Site Boat House at San Lee Park
Attendant handles rentals & equipment
Age: Children under 9 must be accompanied
Fees: Contact Park for Fees.

San-Lee Park Camp Grounds

Campsite rentals are available during park operational hours. A driver’s license or similar identification is required for registration. Sites are available on a first come, first serve basis. Reservations are not taken.

Recreational Vehicle Camping

Hop in your R.V. and drive down to San-Lee Park and rent one of 7 camping sites. A shower house, dump station, power and water hook ups are available. Three of the sites will accommodate campers up to 37’ in length. You have access to the gate combination so you may leave the park after hours.
Program Date: Year Round
Fee: Contact Park for Fees.
Register at park office during park hours
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Tent Camping

The park provides tent sites, tables, charcoal grills, water, and a shower house. Campsites are located in a private section of the park close to the lake.
Program Date: April – November
Fee: Contact Park for Fees.
Register at park office during park hours
Must be 18 years or older

Wilderness Camping

There are two walk-in, hike in campgrounds, which have outside pit-type restrooms.
Program Date: April – November
Fee: Contact Park for Fees.
Register at park office during park hours
Must be 18 years or older

San-Lee Park Facility Rentals

San-Lee Park offers rental facilities for family reunions, weddings, meetings and company picnics. Reservation forms and fees should be received 21 working days prior to event when renting facilities. We have reduced fees for civic groups and churches. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at any Lee County facility. You may call the main office (775-2107 ext 201) to rent these facilities.

SLP Pavilion



The shelter has 13 picnic tables (seats 100+ people), 2 charcoal grills, a horseshoe pit and volleyball court. A volleyball kit and horseshoes are included in the rental fee.Water and electricity hook up is available upon request.

San-Lee Park Shelter Fees

Contact Park for Fees.

Multi-Purpose Room

This room is ideal for weddings, receptions, meetings, scout events and reunions. It includes 12 tables and 100 chairs in the rental fee.
Contact Park for Fees.

SLP Meadow


The meadow is a large open outdoor space located across the meadow creek. This area is ideal for weddings, church services and company picnic activities. No chairs or tables at site. Contact Park for Fees.

This is a small outdoor theater with wooden benches. It is located next to the lake and has a great view! There is seating for approximately 50 people. Contact Park for Fees.


Hours of Operation: November-March

Monday-Sunday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


Monday-Sunday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm


Monday-Sunday 8:00 am – 8:00 pm


Monday-Sunday 8:00 am – 7:00 pm


Monday-Sunday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

San-Lee Park Holiday Closings:

New Year’s Day – Thursday, January 1, 2015

Thanksgiving -- Thursday & Friday, November 26th, & 27th, 2015

Christmas– Wednesday, Thursday & Friday December 23rd- 25th, 2015

Fees: No entry fees for this park
Metro Region: Triangle, NC
Park Management: County

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