High Point City Lake Park: The Piedmont’s Finest Family Park
Mark Your Calendar for Day in the Park and the Fall Leaf Tour
A park favorite, the train provides a spectacular view of the lake.
Image by Larry T. Bower, Jr.
Children are back in school, the air is a tad cooler, and the outdoors is calling. Yet, homework assignments, sporting events and a myriad of other after-school activities leave little time for family outings — or so one might think.
Opened in 1935, High Point City Lake Park is deemed “the Piedmont’s finest family park.” Consisting of 333-acres of land and 279-acres of water, the nearby park is a recreational treasure.
As expected, the park rents boats, allows fishing, and has a sufficient number of picnic tables, grills, and shelters. What is not anticipated — and what sets the park apart from others — is its fun, affordable family-friendly amusements and events.
When visiting the park, the concession stand should be your first stop. There, tickets can be purchased for rides and miniature golf. Rides to be enjoyed at the park include a train, excursion boat and merry-go-round. The clickety-clack of the train, along with its whistle and brief passage through a tunnel, give children quite a thrill. A park favorite, the train also provides a spectacular view of the lake.
The park’s thirty-passenger excursion boat offers another way to see the lake. On the boat, visitors can view a variety of wildlife and catch a nice breeze. Without a doubt, the summer is a great time to ride the boat, but the fall is the best time to hop onboard. On October 3, the park will begin taking reservations for its annual “Fall Leaf Tour.” During this event, which occurs on select dates in October and November, visitors will be treated to a double-dose of color. Not only is the shoreline ablaze, but so, too, are the reflections on the water.
Although reservations are highly recommended for the event — particularly for large groups — Park Supervisor Sue Congelosi says, “Usually we have room for some walk on participants. If they cannot fit on one time slot, we try and get them on the next one.” She also recommends “that participants dress according to the weather and bring a blanket if it’s cold.”
While waiting for autumn, and the opportunity to partake in the “Fall Leaf Tour,” visitors still have many things to do at the park. After riding the merry-go-round, families can test their skills at the 18-hole miniature golf course for a “challenging fun time.”
Of course, children love playgrounds, and the park has two — both of which are handicapped accessible. Boys and girls will be excited to know that the main playground “boasts one of the largest and longest play pieces in the state.”
The park also features a large swimming pool and monster-sized waterslide. The attraction will soon close for the season, but keep it in mind for next year.
In addition to amusements, the park also hosts special programs throughout the year. An upcoming event that should not be missed is “Day in the Park.” Presented by the High Point Arts Council in cooperation with the High Point Parks and Recreation Department, the activity will take place on Saturday, September 17. Music, crafts, historical demonstrations, food vendors, and pirates are just some of the offerings. Admission is free. There are costs for food and beverages. All-day ride passes are available for $6.
If the rush and demands of a new school year have you looking for a place to relax and have fun, make the short trip to High Point City Lake Park where “there is something for everyone.” And remember, the “Fall Leaf Tour” is fast approaching, so put a reminder in your calendar. If you don’t, you just might miss the boat!
High Point City Lake Park is located at 602 West Main Street in Jamestown and is open year-round during daylight hours. Boating, fishing, picnicking and playing on the playgrounds are available daily, while rides and miniature golf are operated on a seasonal schedule — they are currently operating on weekends through October 9. For more information regarding hours of operation, fees or upcoming events, please visit highpointnc.gov or call 336-883-3498.
Article Images: "Fall Leaf Tour" courtesy of City of High Point Parks and Recreation; "Merry-Go-Round" by Larry T. Bower, Jr.
Jennifer Bean Bower is an award-winning writer and Tar Heel native. She lives in Winston-Salem with her husband Larry and their pet rabbit Isabelle. To learn more about Bower and her writing projects, please visit her website at JenniferBeanBower.com. Connect with her on Twitter @JenniferBBower.