Updated by the TMoM team

One of the many wonderful things about raising a family in the Triad is all the parks available to us! We recently updated our list with new park and playground suggestions from readers, and also added in pics and notes about walking trails! 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.

High Point

Beth Schmidt Park
Address: 2150 Elon Park Dr, Elon, NC 27244
Features: A beautiful walking trail, dog park, disc golf course, and large fenced-in playground area with lots of fun equipment. Special needs accessible. A 9-hole disc golf course as well as a story walk along the trails. A large grassy area with a small garden as well as a covered picnic shelter and community building both available for rentals.
Walking Path: Yes, a one mile dirt path through the woods
Playground? Yes, with swings. One for ages 2-5 and one for 5+ with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes


Burlington City Park
Address: 1388 Main Street, Burlington 27215
Features: Playground, sheltered picnic area, kiddie rides including a fully restored Dentzel carousel (reopening in 2021) and train, among others. Rides are for young children and tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth.
Walking Path: Yes. Trails that will take you to Little Alamance Creek, a great place to see local wildlife.
Playground: Yes.
Bathrooms: Yes

Cedarock Park
Address: 4242 R Dean Coleman Rd, Burlington, NC 27215
Features: The park offers six miles of hiking trails, six miles of equestrian trails, two disc golf courses with a total of 36 holes for play, a historical farm restored to the late 1800s time period with sheep, goats and horses, two fishing ponds, a picturesque waterfall over an old mill dam, picnic shelters and gazebos, a basketball court, a volleyball court, a playground, canoe and kayak rentals, camping, ample field space for open play, as well as several covered picnic shelters.
Walking path: Yes, six miles of walking trails. Some are paved (to the waterfall), some are stroller friendly gravel and others are more rugged hiking through the woods.
Playground: Yes, no swings
Bathrooms: 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 with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes, one near playground

Fairchild Park
Address: 827 S Graham Hopedale Rd, Burlington
Features: The minor league baseball team, the Burlington Royals, has their stadium here. It’s fully fenced-off, but kiddos may think it’s fun to walk around the area and look in at the field. The park spans 10 acres., including 2 playgrounds, softball/baseball fields, a BMX track, and walking trails through the park; there is also a community center on site that holds a large gym and a multi-purpose room (available for rent).
Walking Trails: Gravel surfacing, but decently-maintained; winds throughout much of the park.
Playground: Yes, one larger and one smaller playground; swings available. Larger playground has one portion fenced in (and covered by a sun shade!) that is reserved for the preschool run out of the community center, but is only used for an hour or two each weekday; it is otherwise available for public use.
Bathroom on site? Public bathrooms available inside the community center during open hours; One other public restroom on site, but quite a walk from where the playgrounds are located.

Glencoe Village Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE)
Address: 2322 River Rd, Burlington, NC 27217
Features: A small adorable learning environmental play area in the historic Glencoe Village. Dirt digging area & sand area as well as a mud kitchen with water faucet. Big tire swing, sea-saw and mini rope spiderweb structure.
Walking path: Trails and paddle access to Haw River at entrance of village. Gazebo and picnic tables.
Playground: No. One tire swing and small rope structure
Bathrooms: No. There is a port-a-potty near paddle access area.

Graham Regional Park
Address: 1575 N Jim Minor Rd, Haw River, NC 27258
Features: A youth challenge obstacle course, zip line, multipurpose trail, swingset, slides, climbing boulders, water feature (play creek), workout equipment and plenty of open play for all types of recreational activities, as well as a covered picnic shelter
Walking path: Yes, paved with 2 lanes (one for walking and one for biking)
Playground: Yes with 2 swings
Bathrooms: Yes


Guilford-Mackintosh Park & Marina
Address:  1345 NC-61, Whitsett, NC 27377
Features: Fishing, boating and paddling allowed; Two multi-use hiking and biking trails—a moderate 3-mile loop and a 1-mile loop.
Walking Path: Yes. A moderate-level trail next to Lake Mackintosh with natural terrain and some hills, rocks and roots. Not stroller-friendly.
Playground: Yes
Bathrooms: Yes

Lake Cammack Park & Marina
Address: 4790 Union Ridge Road, Burlington, NC 27217
Features: Boat ramps, fishing, playground, 2-mile hiking trail, shelter, pool (for rentals only), and Camp Green Leaves which is a camp for the developmentally challenged.
Walking Path: Yes. There is a two mile hiking trail that offers views of the lake as well as local wildlife including deer and even bald eagles!
Playground: Yes
Bathrooms: Yes

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, no swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Lawrence Slade Park
404 Ball Park Ave. Elon NC 27244
Features: A good sized playground with structures for ages 2+, basketball courts, corn hole,a walking track, as well as a small covered picnic shelter.
Walking path: Yes, 1/4 mile gravel track that circles the park
Playground: Yes with swings, corn hole boards, a basketball court and bocce ball
Bathroom: Yes


Moricle Park
Address:  601 Piedmont Avenue, Gibsonville
Features: A big playground with separate swings, three family picnic shelters, two lighted tennis courts, baseball/softball field, and a sand volleyball court. Very quiet park with not a lot of traffic.
Walking path: there is a small walking path from one side of the park to the ball fields.
Playground: A big playground with separate swings
Bathrooms: Yes

Northeast Park
Address: 4010 High Rock Road, Gibsonville
Features: Exeptional Park, with 374 acres to explore! This park is situated in a somewhat rural area, but it’s definitely worth the trip! Carousel, mini golf, and train available seasonally, limited hours (Memorial Day – Labor Day). Plentiful water recreation opportunities: pool, fishing, and a space to launch your own canoe or kayak. Also, disk golf, athletic fields, picnic shelters and event center available for rent.  **Park map available HERE.
Walking Trails: Extensive system of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback-riding! Well-maintained and a wide array of terrain and scenery.  See park map for a visual of the trail options!
Playground: Huge 4-part play structure (including swings) tucked back from other park amenities; smaller play structures spread through the park.
Bathroom on site? Yes, though the bathroom closest to the playground is about a 4 minute walk. Additional restrooms throughout park.

Shallow Ford Natural Area
Address: 1955 Gerringer Mill Road, Elon, NC 27244
Features: Four trails including: Basin Creek Trail (easy-0.75 miles), Hidden Hill Trail (moderate-2.2 miles), Homestead Trail (moderate-2.2 miles), Shallow Ford Loop Trail (moderate-3.3 miles).
Walking Path: Yes. If you are hiking with kids, check out the Kids in Parks Track Trail tab on the Alamance County Parks and Recreation page.
Playground: No.
Bathrooms: Yes

Springwood Park
1450 Springwood Church Rd, Burlington
Features: Two playgrounds; baseball, softball and soccer fields; picnic shelters available to rent. This park is also home to an 18-hole championship-level disc golf course (including six holes for beginners).
Walking Trails: Walking trails have been recently expanded, adding several sections of asphalt trails. These newer trails connect with the older concrete/sidewalk walking trail, creating an impressive space for a long, smooth walk, winding all throughout the park.
Playground: Yes there are two, but no swings. The smaller of the two playgrounds is set back within the softball/baseball fields (covered by a sun shade)! The bigger playground is at the far corner of the large parking lot by the soccer fields. The big playground has an impressive structure with several slides. Bring a ball for kids to play around on the soccer fields if there aren’t soccer games or practices going on!
Bathroom on Site? Yes, one nearby to each playground.

Arboretum Lindley Park
Address: 401 Ashland Drive, Greensboro
Walking Path: A flower filled paved walk allows for a nice place to run or walk around.  Can be a little noisy due to nearby roads but is extremely stroller friendly.
Playground? Yes – located at Lindley Park – has swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes but locked during winter


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.
Walking Path: A great walking or jogging path with paved and unpaved parts of the trail. It has scenic views as you do cross over bodies of water. Still overall stroller friendly which kids will enjoy!
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

Country Park
Address: 3905 Nathaniel Green Dr.  Greensboro, 27455
Features: Playgrounds, multiple picnic shelters, walking and biking trails, 2 fishing lakes, bark park, paddle boats (May-October), and Veterans Memorial.
Walking Path: Yes. There is a 3.2-mile paved walking path that is perfect for strollers and is good for all skill levels.
Playground: Yes.
Bathrooms: Yes.

Guilford County National Military Park
2332 New Garden Rd. Greensboro, 27410
Features: Walking trails and historic monuments. Visit the visitor’s center for information on the Battleground Tour.
Walking Path: Yes. There is a 2.25-mile loop that is paved with many historic monuments along the way.
Playground: No.
Bathrooms: 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, 27403
Features: The playground is perfect for littles and has a sandbox and community toy repository. There are natural areas, a creek, walking paths, tennis facilities, picnic tables and shelters.
Walking Path: Yes. It’s an easy 1-mile loop.
Playground: Yes.
Bathrooms: 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 dog park, a concession stand/restroom facility, and a second restroom building.
Walking Trails: Beautiful wooded walking trail located toward the rear of the park. There are also several miles of mountain bike trails that wind through the wooded area.
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, picnic shelter and Butterfly Garden
Walking Path: Beautiful walking trail that provide a scenic wooded view that is stroller friendly.
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
Walking Path: A great place to go on a walk with the family.  You can walk down to a lake which is viewable from the playground.
Playground: Yes, with swings
Bathroom on Site: Yes, but they are very dirty

Tanger Family Bicentennial Gardens
1105 Hobbs Rd, Greensboro, 27410
Features: A 7.5-acre garden with trails, a wedding gazebo, sensory garden and manmade creek. There are beautiful flowers and plantings as well as sculptures throughout.
Walking Path: Paved path that is perfect for a family walk.  A decent distance provides for a nice loop around and it is easy to jump onto the path at Bog Gardens as well.  There are beautiful flowers to view but also statues and historic information.
Playground: No.
Bathrooms: 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!
Walking Path: A great path that is perfect to stop at after visiting the Friendly center with great areas to stop and sit directly off the path.
Playground? No
Bathroom on Site? No

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 Piedmont Environmental/Greenway Trail
Address: 1220 Penny Road, High Point
Walking Trail: 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? No
Bathroom on Site? Yes, inside the facility

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.
Walking Path: Yes, Triad Park offers 3 loops ranging from a 1/2 mile to 1.2 miles. The trails are in a beautiful forest setting good for all skill levels. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.
Playground? Yes – three!
Bathroom on Site? Yes – and they’re clean!

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

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
Walking Trails: CG Hill consists of paved paths circling the lake, then winding up to another loop around a meadow. The lower part of the trail is shaded in the summer. The path is stroller and dog-friendly, but be prepared for some significant hills.
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.
Walking Trails: There are a few paths – mostly dirt – that connect various parts of the park. However, if you really want to walk, you’ll need to use the sidewalk that circles the park. It is fully paved and partially shaded. You can park at the YMCA or in the lot next to the tennis courts.
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.
Walking Trail: The walking paths at Horizons park are mulched hiking trails. They start at the playground and picnic areas and wind through the woods, offering quite a bit of seasonal shade and some gentle hills. The trails are not stroller friendly, but there are some short paved paths that connect the playground to the picnic areas and parking lots. These paths are relatively flat and shaded.
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.
Walking Trails: The walking trail at Jack Warren is a fully-paved, half-mile loop that starts at the playground and winds through the back of the park. It’s partially shaded, and there’s a picnic area at the halfway point. Be prepared to walk some significant hills. Dogs are not permitted.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes


Jamison Park
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.
Walking Trails: Jamison park sits right next to Muddy Creek Greenway, a paved path with over three miles of trail. Muddy Creek is mostly flat,  parts are shaded, and it’s bike and dog-friendly. A paved connector runs from both the playground and the dog park.
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.
Walking Trails: There’s a small network of trails and paths throughout the park. A short hiking trial connects the basketball courts to the lower playground. A paved path winds up the steep hill from the lower playground to the picnic facilities, and a small paved loop circles the volleyball courts next to the pavilion. With the exception of the loop, these trails should be fully shaded.
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.
Walking Trail: The trails at Leinbach Park wind throughout the park, circling the playground, tennis courts, and sports fields. They are finely crushed gravel and are stroller and dog friendly.
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.
Walking Trail: Miller Park is currently under construction, but the walking trails are still open. Two routes – a 1/2 mile and a full mile – wind throughout the park. The trails are paved, and while there are some steps, you’ll always be able to find an alternate route if you have a stroller. There’s a mix of full sun and shade, and there are some gentle hills.
Playground? Yes, see description above – lots of swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Old Town Park
Address: 4550 Shattalon Dr., Winston-Salem
Features: Playground, tennis courts and ball field. Covered picnic area with grills.
Walking trails: The walking trail at Old Town is a little less than half a mile total. It’s crushed gravel, so wide stroller and bike tires are helpful (scooters won’t work). It’s mostly flat and loops past the playground and around the picnic areas and ball fields. A small section will be shaded in the summer, but most of the path gets direct sun.
Playground? Yes, has fun stuff for even older elementary aged kids. Has swings. Mostly fenced in.
Bathroom on Site? Yes, clean and behind the rec center.


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

Address: 1790 Quarry Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Features: Walking/bike trails, scenic overlook
Playground: No
Bathrooms on Site: Yes
Walking trails: The park itself features a series of paved sidewalks for runners and walkers, and a gravel path for bikes. The trails are set in a large field, so there’s no shade available. The bike path connects to the Waughtown Connector greenway on one side and the Peachtree Greenway on the other. Both greenway trails are paved and offer miles of partially shaded trail for walking or riding. Be prepared for some hills.

Recreation Acres Park
 107 White Rd, King, NC 27021
Features: Ball fields, a crushed gravel walking trail, a community center building, and a brand-new, all-inclusive playground. The playground features sensory items, a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round, therapeutic swings, and a wheelchair swing (requires a key to operate; a phone number is provided). Fully-fenced, there are separate play structures for big and little kids. Ample swings, slides, and climbing structures provide an engaging experience for any child. The only shade is a covered sitting area at the entrance and a covered picnic area; otherwise, be prepared for full sun.
Walking Trails: The crushed-gravel trail circles Recreation Acres. It’s open to walkers and bikers. Full-sun.
Playground? Yes
Bathroom on Site? Yes, in the two-story building that houses baseball concessions and in the community center across the parking lot.

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.
Walking Trails: Reynolda Gardens feature a network of trails that wind past the wetlands, through the woods, and out into the open grasslands in front of Reynolda house. These are hiking trails, and using a stroller would be difficult in parts. There’s also a paved path that runs from the back of Reynolda Village to the Wake Forest campus. It’s not very long, but it’s a picturesque walk and it’s stroller and dog-friendly. To access both trails, you’ll need to park in the lower lot behind Silo in Reynolda Village. The trails start by the boathouse and the paved path starts up the hill to the left.
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.
Walking Trail: The trail at Salem Lake is a 7-mile loop that circles the lake. It’s a smooth crushed gravel, suitable for walking or biking. Depending on the season, a significant portion of the trail is shaded, and it’s mostly flat. The easiest access point is the playground; if you use GPS for driving directions, be sure to type in “Salem Lake Marina.” Parts of the trail are very secluded, so it’s wise to go with friends.
Playground? Yes, it’s recently been updated!
Bathroom on Site? Yes

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.
Walking Trails: There are actually two parts of Shaffner Park. If you park at the playground on the corner of Silas Creek and Yorkshire, you can access a paved greenway by crossing Yorkshire. The greenway is .8 miles and is stroller friendly; keep in mind that cars tend to fly down the hill on Yorkshire, so use caution when crossing the street. The other option is the Shaffner Parcourse on the other side of Silas Creek. These paths are crushed gravel and wind through trees and next to the creek. They are stroller-friendly, but dogs are not allowed.
Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site?


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.
Walking Trails: Tanglewood Park boasts miles of paved walking paths. Mostly shaded, these are stroller, bike, and dog-friendly. If you turn left at the visitor’s center (just before you pay to enter the park), there ‘s a small parking lot on the right with trail access. You can also drive further into the park and use the lot just before the stables. Bathroom facilities are located throughout the park.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes

Address: 4224 Tobaccoville Rd., Tobaccoville, NC 27050
Features: Fully fenced, playground with separate structures for younger and older children, picnic shelters, tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, and walking paths.
Playground: Yes
Bathrooms on Site: Yes
Walking Trails: A network of crushed gravel walking trails winds throughout the park. Partially shaded, the paths are smooth enough to handle a stroller. You can ally-shaded placcess them from the community center parking lot or the playground.

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.
Walking Trails: Washington Park offers a network of paved paths that wind throughout the park, past the playground, around the ball fields, and along the creek. You can choose a 1 mile route or a 1/2 mile route, and the paths are a mix of sun and shade.
Playground? Yes with swings
Bathroom on Site? Yes, but sometimes locked


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