Favorite Parks & Playgrounds

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By Katie Moosbrugger

One of the many wonderful things about raising a family in the Triad is all the parks available to us! We asked our readers for their favorite parks and compiled a list below which is divided by city. It’s our hope you’ll discover new places to take your family – whether it’s right down the road or on the other side of the Triad. If you have a favorite park not listed below, please email me and I’ll get it added!

To search for parks, simply click the city name below to jump to parks in that general area. Each park listing is also linked the park’s website for more information and directions. Enjoy!

Burlington
Greensboro
High Point
Winston-Salem

Burlington

Burlington City Park
Address: 1333 Overbrook Rd, Burlington
Features: The historic Dentzel Carousel, five athletic fields, a playground, a walking track, 12 lighted tennis courts, a year-round aquatics facility, a youth center, open and enclosed shelters with grills, a greenway and a stream for exploring.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Davidson Park
Address: Rural Retreat & St. Mark’s Church Road
Features: One of the newer parks in Burlington, it features soccer and baseball fields, as well as a playground, tennis courts and picnic shelters for rent.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site?

Guilford-Mackintosh Park & Marina
Address: 1345 NC 61 Sout, Whitsett
Features: A 3-mile walking and biking trail, a large lake that allows for fishing (on the bank or from a pier) and boating, rentals for kayaks, canoes, row boats and paddleboats, a volleyball court, horseshoes, playground and picnic shelters for rental.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site?

Lake Cammack Park & Marina
Address: 4790 Union Ridge Rd, Burlington
Features: Includes boating, fishing, water skiing on the lake, bank fishing, picnic grounds, a playground and a three-mile hiking trail on shore. Fees apply. There is also a pool on-site that is available to rent (including a lifeguard and bathhouse).
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site?

Lake Mackintosh Park & Marina
Address: 2704 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington
Features: Huge lake for fishing, sailing, boating (kayaks, rowboats and paddleboats). On shore, there is a beach area, 2 fish feeders, picnic sites and shelters, a playground and a clubhouse available to rent.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site?

Springwood Park
Address: 1450 Springwood Church Rd, Burlington (corner of Springwood Church Rd and Whitsett Park Road, just off of Highway 70 and I-85/40)
Features: Includes fields baseball, softball and soccer, concessions, picnic shelters that are available to rent, two playgrounds, and a walking trail. Also at this park is the Springwood Players’ Course for Disc Golf, an 18-hole championship level disc golf course (including six holes for beginners).
Playground? Yes – 2
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Greensboro

Arboretum Lindley Park
Address: 401 Ashland Drive, Greensboro
Features: Paved trails for bike rides, basketball court and ball field available too.
Playground? Yes – located at Lindley Park – has swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Bur-Mill Park
Address: 5834 Bur-Mill Club Rd, Greensboro
Features: Picnic shelters, porches, a pool, a wildlife education center, golf course, tennis courts, hiking trails, and a playground.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Cascade Park
Address: 3400 Watauga Drive, Greensboro
Features: Park sits next to a stream and has a playground.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? No

Center City Park
Address: 200 North Elm Street in downtown Greensboro
Features: Ideal for kids to run around and play games in grassy area.
Playground? No (but there is one in adjacent LeBauer Park – see listing below)
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Country Park
Address: 3905 Nathanael Greene Dr., Greensboro
Features: Features two fishing lakes, hiking and biking trails, eight picnic shelters, playgrounds, an off-leash dog park, and pedal boats available during spring and summer.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Guilford County National Military Park
Address: 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro
Features: Visitor’s center with live action theatre and animated battle map program, a 2.5 mile walking trail (great for bikes, strollers and dogs on leashes), 28 historical monuments and statues, water fountains.
Playground? No
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Hamilton Lakes Park
Address: A private property located in an upscale residential neighborhood. Visit web sites for specific directions.
Features: Great place to bring kids for a little exercise.
Playground? Yes – located at the northern end of the trail – has swings
Bathroom on Site? No

Johnson Park
Address: 1300 Briarcliff Road, Greensboro (Behind Irving Park and Latham Park neighborhoods on Briarcliff Rd, which can be accessed from Wendover Ave or Sunset Ave.)
Features: Great playground, huge grass area for picnics and running, concrete for basketball or ride-on toys, and picnic tables. Perfect park for kids of all ages because you can easily keep an eye on all of them in different areas.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? No

Lake Daniel Park
Address: 410 Mimosa Drive, Greensboro
Features: Large playground, bathrooms, tennis court, volleyball court, basketball court, situated on the Greenway for walking and running.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

LeBauer Park
Address: 208 N. Davie St, Greensboro
Features: Huge grassy lawn, dog park, Peacehaven Sensory Space – a sculptural wall designed to be enjoyed by people who have sensory processing disorders, interactive fountains, ping pong and foosball tables
Playground? Yes, brand new with a sandbox and interactive type play
Bathroom on Site? Yes – it’s clean!

Oak Ridge Town Park
Address: 6231 Lisa Drive (off of Linville Road, across from the Town Hall, Post Office and Fire Department)
Features: Two lighted multi-purpose football/soccer fields, two lighted baseball/softball fields, scoreboards, paved and unpaved walking trails, picnic shelters, a large playground, a pond, a concession stand/restroom facility, and a second restroom building.
Playground? Yes, with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Price Park
Address: 1420 Price Park Rd., Greensboro (next to Kathleen Clay library)
Features: Beautiful trails – some paved, some rock.
Playground? No
Bathroom on Site? In the library

Summerfield Community Park
Address: 5404 Centerfield Road, Summerfield
Features: Walking and biking trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, exercise stations, fishing, and an outdoor amphitheater
Playground: Yes, with swings
Bathroom on Site: Yes, but they are very dirty

Tanger Family Bicentennial Gardens
Address: 1105 Hobbs Road (right across Hobbs Rd from the Bog Garden)
Features: A grassy areas for kids who want to run around.
Playground? No
Bathroom on Site? Yes

The Bog Gardens
Address: 1101 Hobbs Road, Greensboro (Behind Friendly Center)
Features: Elevated walkway through the gardens’ seven acres. Perfect for a stroller walk!
Playground? No
Bathroom on Site? No

Triad Park
Address: 9652 West Market St, Kernersville
Features: Three playgrounds, rock climbing walls, tennis courts, picnic shelters, softball fields, volleyball, horseshoe pits, paved trails for biking and walking, a soccer field, and a fishing pond. Tip: If you are meeting friends at this park, be sure to specify which playground. The park is huge with many places to meet. TMoM’s favorite spot: turn right after the guard house and go all the way to the end of the road. Playground on the left. Clean bathrooms throughout the park. (The picture at the top is of most of the TMoM kids at Triad Park!)
Playground? Yes – three!
Bathroom on Site? Yes – and they’re clean!

High Point

Armstrong Park
Location: 305 E. Parkway Avenue, High Point
Features: An ADA playground, lighted baseball field, two picnic shelters, restrooms, two unlighted tennis courts, and a small creek that is great for catching tadpoles.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes

City Lake Park
Address: 602 W. Main St, Jamestown
Features: Be sure to read this day trip blog about City Lake Park before you visit! There is so much to do here: paddle boats, picnic areas with shelters, mini golf, a carrousel, multiple playgrounds, amusement rides, train rides around the lake, and during the summer months, a large outdoor swimming pool with water slides! The park also hosts several events throughout the year. Visit the web site for more info!
Playground? Yes – several
Bathroom on Site? Yes, always clean but not near the playground

Creekside Park
Address: 214 Park Dr, Archdale (just south of High Point)
Features: Includes tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, picnic shelters, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe pit, two playgrounds, restrooms and paved walking trails.
Playground? Yes – 2
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Deep River Park
Address: 1529 Skeet Club Road, High Point
Features: Great place to have a picnic, fly a kits, or play tennis, baseball or basketball. Playground, restrooms and picnic shelters on site. Close to Chick-fil-A, Panera, Wendy’s, and more restaurants for last-minute picnic meals.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Lake Thom-A-Lex Park
Address: 700 Yokley Road, Lexington
Features: Four picnic shelters that can be reserved. If planning a birthday party here, consider renting Shelter 1 because it’s the closest to the playground. There are also three large piers for fishing, as well as a boat launch. A bait shop is on the premises for supplies so bring some cash! More details on web site.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Oak Hollow Festival Park
Address: 3415 North Centennial Street, High Point
Features: An indoor and outdoor tennis center, picnic areas, a scenic overlook, an 18-hole golf course, a children’s play area, and a full-service 90-site family campground. Boating, fishing, sailing, skiing, and swimming are just some of the recreational opportunities available.
Playground? Yes – defined as a “play area”
Bathroom on Site? Yes

The Johnson Street Disc Golf Park
Address: 3865 Tanyard Mill Ct (just North of the 311 by-pass on Johnson Street, just beside the fire station. You cannot miss the sign!). See web site for map.
Features: Exclusively dedicated to disc golf.
Playground? No
Bathroom on Site?

The Piedmont Environmental/Greenway Trail
Address: 1220 Penny Road, High Point
Features: Eleven miles of hiking/walking/cycling trails that wind along creek beds, forests and meadows. The greenway can be accessed at many neighborhood parks that include: Armstrong Park, Kirkman Park School, McCain Park, the Little Red School House, Gibson Park, Piedmont Parkway. The trail hours are sunrise to sunset and is open 7 days a week.
Playground?
Bathroom on Site?

Triangle Park
Address: 500 Colonial Drive (Nestled in Old Emerywood and it gets its name from its triangle shape)
Features: This is one of many “mini parks” in High Point, and it’s a favorite for local readers. It features a great playground, swing set, slide and picnic tables. It’s the perfect place to go with the kids after school.
Playground? Yes – with swings too
Bathroom on Site? No

Union Cross Park
Address: 1935 Union Cross Road in Winston-Salem (just off Hwy 311 at the Union Cross Rd. exit)
Features: Excellent softball facilities. Other facilities include: picnic shelters, walking path, tennis courts, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits, lit basketball courts, restrooms and a playground. It is a great central location.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Winston-Salem

Bolton Park
Address: 1590 Bolton St., Winston-Salem
Features: A great park to fly a kite and has lots of room to roam or lay out a picnic blanket. A huge playground sits on sand in the center (be sure to bring buckets and shovels), and is situated next to a large shaded picnic shelter. Most of the park is unshaded, so bring your sunscreen!
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

CG Hill Memorial Park
Address: 5600 Balsom Rd, Pfafftown
Features: Walking trails, large fishing lake, picnic areas
Playground? No
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Hanes Park
Address: 1406 W. Northwest Blvd (right next to the William G White YMCA and Wiley Middle School)
Features: A state-of-the art playground (not shaded) with surrounding picnic tables in the shade. The park also features walking trails, tennis courts (fee to play), an outdoor track (part of R.J. Reynolds High School), soccer and baseball fields.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes at the track, plus port-a-johns (in tennis court parking lot)

Hathaway Park
Address: 301 Anitra Drive, Winston-Salem
Features:  Large castle-like playground. Just recently, a small spray ground was installed next to the picnic shelter and should be operational by summer 2017 if not before. Also on site is a large softball field, which when not in use, is great for the kids to run around. The park also has two tennis courts and a basketball court. There is no shade over the play area in the summer, but the picnic tables are under cover. Easily accessible with a large parking lot right in front of playground area.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes, but sometimes locked

Horizons Park
Address: 2835 Memorial Industrial School Rd, Rural Hall (not too far from SciWorks!)
Features: This park features a disc golf course and a 2-acre dog park. There are great nature trails that are not too long for the kids. They also have picnic tables with grills, sand volleyball, horseshoes, mountain bike trails, and a softball field. Their playground is perfect for the kids and it has the squishy ground underneath. The playground area can get very hot in the summer, though. Restrooms are available.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Jack Warren Park
Address: 436-456 Lewisville Clemmons Rd, Lewisville
Features: Two bocce ball courts, two horseshoe pits, a large multi-purpose field, a 1/2 mile walking trail with a Par Course and a large pavilion.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Jamison Park (near Meadowlark Elementary and Middle Schools)
Address: Meadowlark Road (can access park from middle school bus driveway)
Features: Brand new park (not listed as “officially open” by Winston-Salem Parks & Rec) but the playground and dog park are useable. Nice new equipment on playground. Amphitheater is still being built). Close proximity to Muddy Creek walking trails. New trail opened connecting to New Sherwood neighborhood.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes, but not open yet

Joanie Moser Park
Address: 601 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd, Lewisville
Features: Great playground as well as picnic shelters, tennis courts, a softball field, horseshoe pits and a basketball court. The playground is partially shaded and has short walking trails through the woods that are great for kids to explore.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Leinbach Park
Address: 3511 Sally Kirk Rd, Winston-Salem
Features: They have a cool, updated ship playground and swings. No shade in the summer. Bathrooms and a picnic shelter nearby, along with tennis courts and a walking trail.
Playground? Yes, with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Miller Park
Address: 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem
Features: Two fantastic playgrounds. The upper playground, which is fenced in and not very shady, recently added a couple of interactive games that are similar to “Whack-A-Mole” or the electronic Simon Says. The upper park also has a large play set. The lower park (which is much shadier) features a small slide for toddlers, two swing sets, and a mini rock-climbing structure. Outside the playgrounds are lots of walking trails, streams and picnic shelters – all under shady trees. There are also tennis courts (you can play free and it’s first come, first served), a ball park, and restrooms.
Playground? Yes, see description above – lots of swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Polo Park
Address: 1850 Polo Rd., Winston-Salem
Features: A nice “jungle gym” for the kids and saucers that let the kids spin around. There are also picnic tables and a swing set in the shady area. The entire park is fenced in.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes, inside recreation center

Reynolda Gardens
Address: 100 Reynolda Village • Winston-Salem
Features: The formal gardens are open to the public, free of charge, Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm except on Saturdays in July and January and during Wake Forest University’s winter holiday. Make sure to visit the gardens, which are lined with pathways, when the flowers are in full bloom. Walk the wooded areas around the estate where you’ll find a stream, a series of ponds, lots of turtles, the 16-acre Lake Katharine (of Katharine Reynolds), as well as stroll the 22-acres of open field (formerly the estate’s golf links) – the perfect area for kids to run, fly kites, or play games.
Playground? No
Bathroom on Site? Yes, next to the greenhouse

Salem Lake
Address: 1001 Salem Lake Rd, Winston-Salem
Features: Currently there is a lot of construction going on at Salem Lake, and you cannot access Salem Lake from Reynolds Park Rd. A suggested detour is available on Parks & Rec website (click Salem Lake’s name above to access their site). Salem Lake is known for its 7 mile walking/running/biking trail that circles the huge lake. Boating and fishing are allowed at the lake (with fee and license). The best place to park is the second lot on your right, next to picnic tables and the ducks.
Playground? Yes, but very dated
Bathroom on Site? Yes, but currently being updated

Shaffner Park
Address: 900 Yorkshire Rd, Winston-Salem
Features: Next to the playground is a huge field that is perfect for flying kites, picnics, or just running around. Next to the park is a paved walking trail that extends a little over a mile.
Playground?
Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site?
Yes

Tanglewood Park
Address: 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons
Features: Two playgrounds, both of which are terrific for kids of all ages. The playground to the right of the train can get very hot in the summer, but still has shaded areas for picnicking. This playground also has clean restrooms. The playground to the left of the train has a nearby pond and most of the playground is shaded. The park also features lots of trails for hiking, walking, running and even mountain biking. There is an on-site horse stable and rides are available for a fee. Other features include a golf course (full and par 3), tennis courts, a pool (with slides, a splash park and a lazy river), and two dog parks (no shade). Lots of events take place at Tanglewood all year-round, including Festival of Lights during the holiday season. Note: There is a small entrance fee to the park at the guardhouse. However, you can take the first left and park for free if enjoying the trails and the dog park.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Washington Park
Address: 1490 S. Broad St., Winston-Salem
Features: If you take the entrance to this park off of Broad Street, you will park behind the baseball fields and you can either walk to the right or the left. If you walk right, you’ll go over a bridge which will take you to the two shady dog parks (one for small dogs and one for large dogs) as well as the start of Salem Lake Greenway, a 4.5 mile paved path for walkers, runners and bikers, that winds behind Salem Academy and ends at Salem Lake. If you walk to the left, you will see a small exercise park (fun for kids to explore!) straight ahead, and further down the path to the left is a newly-updated playground with a dinosaur land. Washington Park is a favorite for kids who want to explore on bike (lots of shady paved paths) or for those who like to find critters in the streams. The park also has several shaded picnic shelters with grills. If you follow the paved walkways through Washington Park (past the playground) you will arrive at the other park entrance on Park Boulevard, which is also the center of the historic Washington Park neighborhood.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes, but sometimes locked


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