Cardinal Park & Motel The Cardinal Park is one of the best-kept secrets in North Carolina. Described as “a little slice of paradise”, this beautiful recreation facility was established in 1962 by the late entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist Felton J. Capel, Sr. The 37-acre rolling parkland includes a 9-acre spring-fed lake, picnic areas, and five shelters that can be rented for private events. Admission includes fishing, swimming, basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, and cornhole. Paddleboats, kayaks, and canoes can be rented by the hour. Camping is available across from the main beach and the park is pet friendly. Plan your next family reunion, wedding, company outing, party, or just come and enjoy the serene, peaceful environment. Grills are available at each shelter and throughout the picnic areas.