By TMoM Team Member Katie Moosbrugger
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 us and we’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.
Please visit our other Parks & Playground directories here:
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.
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
Address: 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
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
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.
Address: 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.