One of the largest and prettiest parks around is Rock Creek Park, located just off of Business Highway 52.
This lovely wooded 100-acre park offers a variety of options for visitors. You can swim, play sports, hike, play in the playground, or just kick back with a lovely picnic or bring the burgers and coal and cook up a feast for a few friends.
For walkers and joggers, this is a small slice of heaven. You can simply walk through the beautiful park and along the creek, or take off and enjoy the several trails within the park. Right near the swimming pool there is a short trail that leads through the woods, and a walking trail on past the recreation department offices. Scattered throughout the park, there are a number of small bridges that cross over the creek. This gives a very photogenic quality to the park.
There are lighted tennis courts, a softball/baseball field, climbing walls and an obstacle course to help keep you fit and trim. There is also a swimming pool during the summer months, which offers a changing room and restrooms.
There are 25 picnic benches dotted along the creeks path. Many have grills that the public may use. They are on a first come, first serve basis. There are several large tables for groups. There is also a playground for children well placed, so as to blend it with the surroundings. There is also a very picturesque church on the grounds.
During the summer months the parks and recreation departments hold a large number of things to do for the whole family. There are softball and baseball leagues, teen sports challenges, craft classes, nature classes, as well as trips to nearby attractions such as the famous Biltmore Estates.
This is truly a wonderful place to bring your kids and let them burn up all that excess energy. It is also the perfect place for walking and make sure to bring your pooch-pets are permitted on a leash. This is also another favorite place of mine and Jazzy’s to exercise and enjoy nature. The park hours vary by season. For more information on the park or to find out more about the activates in the park go to www.stanlycountyonline.com.