1102 Sedalia Crossing Lane
Whitsett, NC 27377
Phone: (336) 449-5161
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Operated by the city of Burlington with cooperation with Guilford County, Guilford-Mackintosh Marina sits on Lake Mackintosh in Guilford County. Although fishing, boating, rental boats and paddle boats are allowed, swimming as well as wading, or personal watercrafts are not allowed since the lake is Burlington's primary water reserve. There is also a 3-mile walk and bike trail to enjoy, as well as a volleyball court, horseshoe, and playground.
Simkins Indoor Sports Pavilion, located at Barber Park, provides sports enthusiasts with a place to hone their skills and indulge in some fun competition between friends. The indoor courts can be converted to accommodate basketball, volleyball or tennis, and a large conference room on the premises provides leagues with a place to meet. Call ahead to find out about operation hours.
The Gillespie Golf Course is owned and operated by the city of Greensboro, and provides players of all skill levels with an opportunity to play an 18-hole course for a small fee. The main hazard on the course is the South Buffalo Creek, although there numerous oaks and hardwoods lining the holes along. The greens are well-maintained, although the 16 bunkers that guard them can make them difficult to reach.
Hagan Stone Park is 409-acres (165.55 hectares) of lush, scenic campground and recreational facility. The park is open for camping all year-round with sites available either in wooded or open sites for tents, RVs, or trailers. Groups of up to 40 people can be reserved, with 8 miles (12.87 kilometers) of trails for walking, biking or hiking. Picnic shelters can also be reserved. In fact, reservations are encouraged if so desired.
Get out and discover Greensboro when you explore the Downtown Greenway. The Downtown Greenway is a 4-mile route that is perfect for walking, running or biking. An added plus is that the greenway takes you through many of the historic and interesting sights that Greensboro has to offer. Hop off the greenway to grab a bite to eat at one of the numerous local restaurants or do some shopping, then when you are done just get back on and continue your pleasant afternoon out.
Bryan Park is a golf complex as well as recreational facility for the entire family, and named after Joseph and Kathleen Bryan, the complex's foremost donors. The Players Course and the Championship Course are two of the most finely designed golf courses in the nation. The Players Course opened in 1974, while the other 18-hole Championship Course opened in 1990. As with most other courses, facilities include clubhouse, pro-shop, as well as golf-range and golf pros to offer help and instructions. The park not part of the courses include volleyball and tennis courts, nine picnic shelters, horseshoe pits and a playground.
Opened in 1969, the lake was named after former Greensboro City Manager Jame R. Townsend. The lake measures at 1,542 acres, and is the largest of all the city's municipal reservoirs. Sailing and boating is allowed, and so is fishing from either on a boat or pier. If you are fishing, you are probably likely to find either largemouth bass, hybrid bass, catfish, or crappie. If so desired, rowboats, sailboats, or kayaks can be rented out. If you're that much a boating enthusiast, the Lake Townsend Yacht Club is open to the pubic with sailing classes offered during the summer months.
Located near the Bicentennial Garden, The Bog Garden gives visitors a rare chance to walk through the wetlands via an elevated walkway. Visitors will be surrounded by lush green vistas - a welcome escape from the sights and sounds of the city. The nature preserve contains a multitude of local flora and fauna, and the notable attractions in the park are the Dr. Joe Christian Serenity Falls and the Starmount Farms Lake Overlook. About a mile of trails wind through the park, and bicycles are strictly prohibited.
The Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden was created by Greensboro Beautiful, Inc. in conjunction with the Greensboro Parks & Recreation Department. Greensboro Beautiful is a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and enhancing Greensboro's natural beauty, and in 1976 created the Bicentennial Garden with that purpose in mind. Sculptures of historical interest are placed throughout the park, and the flowering trees, lush greenery, and flowing stream create an idyllic setting for a romantic or family outing. This public garden is open daily from dawn until dusk, and is available for weddings.
Back during the Revolutionary War the battle for Guilford Courthouse was fought, with Major General Nathanael Greene and his men trying to defend the land against the British and German allies led by Lord Charles Cornwallis. Eventually Corwallis and his troops forced Greene to retreat, before Corwallis himself eventually surrendered to George Washington. Today, the grounds stand as a memorial to America's history as well as to the world at large with 28 monuments all around the park.
Wild Turkey Trail is a 4.5-mile long route that is perfect for both hiking and biking. Bikers especially love this trail, with its many challenging features. There are moguls, pyramids made of of logs, multiple bridges and a rock jump for riders to contend with. The trail also leads to access to the Lake Brandt Marina, making this a popular place for water-lovers as well. Please note that the marina is closed on Tuesdays.
Lake Brandt is a reservoir located north of the city center and was named after Leon Brandt, who was Greensboro's mayor from 1907-1908. Visitors can rent rowboats, kayaks and canoes, and if you want to bring your own vessel you can launch it at one of the three ramps around the perimeter of the lake. Fishers will be able to catch catfish and bass.