Downtown Apex (Image by Raleigh News & Observer)

Apex, NC

“Celebrating its turn-of-the-century railroad heritage, the charming town of Apex features more than 60 commercial and residential structures dating from 1870 to 1940. Take a stroll through the quaint, pedestrian-friendly downtown area to see colorfully restored buildings that house thriving businesses.” (From visitraleigh.com)
Population 59,300




  • Historic Downtown Apex
    Founded in the 1860’s, Downtown Apex “is considered one of the most intact turn-of-the-century railroad towns in the area.” This quaint district is home to some of the best local shops and restaurants in western Wake County!
  • Beaver Creek Crossings&Beaver Creek Commons
    Largest shopping and dining destination in Apex featuring Target, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Regal Cinema, and much more retail and dining.
  • The Halle Cultural Center
    Concerts and Theater Performances, Art Shows and Exhibitions, Community Classes, Movie Showings and more!
  • Jordan Lake Recreation Area
    Multiple access areas around 14,000 square foot Jordan Lake! Campsites, swim beaches, picnic shelters and grills, boating and fishing areas, 14 miles of hiking trails, and an educational visitor center exhibit hall.
  • American Tobacco Trail
    A portion of this 22 mile trail passes through Apex. Used for “horse-back riding, walking, running, bicycling, walking leashed dogs, skating, roller blading, pushing strollers and wheelchairs.”
  • Cocoon Gallery
    Gallery of local art including jewelry, ceramics, textiles, wood, glass, metal, books, and music.
  • Cloer Family Vineyards
    “Cloer Family Vineyards is the only family-owned farm in the immediate Triangle area that grows its own grapes and produces its own wines on-site.”




  • Apex Community Park/a>
    160 acre park complete with  playgrounds, sports fields and courts, 3 miles of nature trails, an Elevate Fitness Course, a picnic area with grills, and Apex Lake with fishing and small boat access
  • Hunter Street Park, featuring Trackside Skate Plaza
    12-acre park with a turf field, dog park,  playground, baseball fields, picnic shelters, paved walking trails, as well as an amazing 13,000 square foot, 4 tiered skate plaza
  • Kelly Road Park
    25-acre park with baseball fields, tennis courts, 2 playgrounds including  “castle” structure, a picnic shelter, and Trailhead Beaver Creek Greenway
  • Knight’s Play Golf Center
    Knight’s Play is a fully illuminated 27-hole course and 60 station driving range that offers you an excellent place to perfect and practice your game.”




  • Anna’s Pizzeria
    A well-known favorite, Anna’s has amazing made from scratch pizza creations, Italian classics, and well-known “best in town” cannoli desserts.
  • Doherty’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
    A cozy pub atmosphere and a one-of-a-kind Irish American menu make Doherty’s a great option for everyone! Be sure to try the Irish Egg Rolls!
  • Brüeprint Brewing Company
    This local craft brewery offers pints, flights, growlers and six packs. Brüeprint, a frequent stop for local food trucks, is family and pet friendly with both indoor and outdoor seating.
  • Daniel’s Restaurant
    “Since 1996, Daniel’s has been preparing freshly sautéed pasta dishes, hand-stretched pizzas, scratch-made desserts, and more.” A family or date night favorite!
  • Scratch Kitchen & Taproom
    Everything is a bit different than you’d expect… and that’s a good thing! “With dishes made from scratch, careful attention to details, and focus on southern hospitality,” Scratch is the place to be for new tastes and crafted cocktails.
  • The Provincial
    Bi-level hub with a cozy vibe & sidewalk seats offering farm-to-fork plates & craft beer on tap.” Check out the ever-changing menu of small and large plates with accompanying delicious drinks.



For more information on Apex, visit the town website

Hunter Street Park, Apex, NC (from apexnc.com)