Camelot Playground/Cannon Park in Pinehurst
Camelot Playground and Cannon Park, which sit adjacent to one another in central Pinehurst, have something for everyone. Cannon Park has two baseball fields and a large multi-purpose playing field with soccer goals, perfect for pick-up games. Also at Cannon Park is a large shelter big enough for birthday parties and family reunions, with bathrooms very close by. All of this can be found right next to what could be best described as a “play kingdom” for kids, the thoughtfully named Camelot Playground. Complete with too many swings and slides to count, this playground is every kids dream. Not only is it a dream for kids, but parents can also enjoy a large sitting area within the playground and several surrounding picnic tables that allow parents to catch up on reading while the kids catch up on play.
Rassie Wicker Park in Pinehurst
Located right behind the Pinehurst Fire Station is the unique and well-kept Rassie Wicker Park. It has a large field and several soccer goals, great for practices and games. One of the only in-line skating rinks in the Pinehurst area can also be found here with bleachers for parents, and an official scoreboard. While the big kids are practicing their sports, a playground for younger kids is close by and is sure to keep them entertained. Nice bathrooms and several picnic tables also make this park great for picnics and gatherings.
Village Arboretum in Pinehurst
Just down the street from Rassie Wicker Park is the Village Arboretum. There you will find the nicest park bathrooms around, complete with water fountains not only for humans, but also a special one for our pets. There are benches and walking paths that are well kept and perfect for enjoying the outdoors. Walking a little further you will find a quaint wooden shelter with benches and a landscape that never fails to bring out the beauty of the seasons. The spacious grassy field is great for picnics and tossing a frisbee. More to come with this park as it is still under construction.
Elizabeth High Rounds Park in Southern Pines
Just off Midland Road, this park is a great place to stop by and stretch your legs. There is a small playground for kids that gets the job done, with its two swings and three slides. Down the hill is a large grassy area perfect for passing a soccer ball or playing catch. The surrounding walking path is also an outlet for the Greenway system which makes it a great place to start your walk or run.
Reservoir Park in Southern Pines
The Reservoir Park in Southern Pines has kept locals active and outdoors for many years and with the newly added disc golf course, the tradition is bound to carry on. The park has a scenic lake and dam that makes the 3-mile course surrounding it a beautiful way to get some exercise. The path is open to bikers, runners, walkers, and even leashed dogs. Two large shelters with tables and grills are great for family gatherings and cookouts during the warmer months. The 18-hole, par 3 disc golf course is brand new and ready for play. Need a disc? Check one out for free at the Campbell House in downtown Southern Pines or purchase your very own at Flowland located on Morganton Road.
Aberdeen Lake Park
Convenient to US 1, Aberdeen Lake Park can please the whole family. For the runners and walkers, this park features a 2-mile trail that surrounds Aberdeen Lake. For the kids, the park includes a train-themed playground located right next to the spacious picnic shelter. The shelter can be rented out for any function by contacting the Aberdeen Parks and Recreation Department. This park’s signature feature is a large lake where fishing is permitted in or out of the boat- however, they do ask that you cut the motor. With the scenic lake and bridge, this park it truly special.
Memorial Park in Southern Pines
Sitting behind the Optimist Fields on Morganton Road, this park gives a unique spin to your everyday sports complex. There are 16 champion-style horseshoe courts perfect for a little friendly competition. This park also features 2 lighted outdoor racquetball courts and 2 shuffleboard courts which are both a rare find in this area. The lighted basketball courts and tennis courts are perfect for a pick-up game any time of the day. Bathrooms and a shelter also make this a perfect place for a gathering or a fun day out in the park.
Weymouth Gardens in Southern Pines
In the beautiful setting off of Connecticut Ave., these gardens are perfect for a little R&R. There are small walking paths and benches that allow visitors to take in the natural surroundings and plant life. Several small ponds and a fountain keep things interesting and scenic, perfect for a little photo shoot. Not only does this landmark offer well-kept gardens but there is a large preserve in the back that has been left alone, preserving its wildlife. Though this may seem like the perfect place for a picnic, note that food is prohibited in the gardens, so be sure to grab lunch at one of the yummy local restaurants on Broad Street before you head over to enjoy the outdoors.
Campbell House Park in Southern Pines
Just behind the Campbell House on Connecticut Ave., lies a small park that is rarely crowded but still has everything you need. A huge grassy and well-kept field is awesome for flying a kite or tossing a frisbee. There is even a sandpit and makeshift driving range where you can practice your swing without paying a fortune. The basketball court is the perfect place to brush up on your skills without the pressure of a big crowd. The kids playground is especially unique with lots of modern touches that is sure to impress the younger generation. If you are dying for a picnic with a whole lot of sunshine, this is the place to go.
Sandhurst Park in Southern Pines
Going a little further up Indiana Ave., you will find Sandhurst Park, great for meeting neighbors and getting the kids out and about. This park has a shelter with bathrooms and a few picnic tables, making it possible to picnic on a hot summer day while still finding shade. The playground has a lot of interesting play equipments, sure to keep the kids entertained. The walking path nearby and small field also make this a great place to take your dogs, whether you want to take them for a walk or teach them to play fetch.
Sandhills Community College Horticultural Gardens
If you are looking to get a nice walk with lots to look at this is the place to go. There is a ton of scenery and even a maze to find your way through. The gardens are maintained primarily by students in the horticulture program, and artwork created by the art department is scattered throughout. The gardens are always in tip-top shape and will never be a disappointment.