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Parks & Trails

Parks for playing & trails for trekking.

Here, there’s a park (and trail) for every purpose—whether you want to hang in a hammock or relax by a firepit. And if you feel like walking or biking, the 3-mile path around our community lake will help you do just that. And because water is a big part of Riverlights, many of our parks and trails offer easy access to the river, our family-friendly pool and our 38-acre lake where you can launch a paddleboard, canoe or kayak.

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The Boardwalk at Riverlights

Wander along the Cape Fear River waterfront on The Boardwalk. Whether you’re on a morning jog, an afternoon dog walk, or out for a family stroll before dinner in Marina Village, our boardwalk system offers a breathtaking way to re-energize and reconnect with the river. Sip a cocktail or pack a picnic, and watch the sky melt into shades of red. (In fact, The Boardwalk has won an award for being Wilmington's best place to view the sunset.)

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Beacon Point

Located at the front of Riverlights, this area serves as a community welcome, and the entrance to the Boardwalk. You’ll know it when you see the recognizable beacon landmark, signaling the beginning of a journey that takes you all the way to Driftwood Park.

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Live Oak Commons

This central open space in Riverlights is surrounded by the river, retail shops, local restaurants, and hammocks made for relaxing. It’s also where you can attend a community event or afternoon concert or farmer’s market. Come relax. Celebrate. And discover something new.

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Ember Park

Situated along The Boardwalk at Riverlights, Ember Park plays host to neighborly oyster roasts and play dates at the picnic tables. Sitting high above the rest of Marina Village, it’s a favorite place to sit and reflect along the riverfront. And when the sun goes down, the park comes alive—thanks to waterfront fire pits and romantic tables.

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Driftwood Park

A gateway to The Boardwalk, Driftwood Park makes it easy to access the river with your kayaks, paddleboards, fishing poles, and more. Take the kids crabbing or go out canoeing. Enjoy the energy of the river, or the serenity of the marsh. From water sports to winding down, you can do it all at Driftwood Park.


Portside Park

Bring the whole family out to play at Portside Park. This is a perfect friends-and-family gathering place, ideal picnic spot, or afternoon destination for letting the kids expend extra energy.


The Lake Loop

This 3-mile walking and biking trail … as the name suggests … loops around The Lake at Riverlights. Bond with a neighbor as you chat your way around the lake. Enjoy a refreshing jog with your favorite four-legged friend. Take an after-dinner stroll with the family. Or simply enjoy all the water, right in the middle of the community.

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Boat Builder Park

Situated along the west side of The Lake at Riverlights, Boat Builder Park is where you can launch your paddleboard, canoe or non-motorized boat, take a kayak lesson—then enjoy the lake at your leisure.

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Drop on by.

Situated on the Cape Fear River in Wilmington just south of historic downtown, Riverlights is the perfect place for the young and the young-at-heart. We'd love to have you visit and discover Riverlights for yourself.