Thursday, March 10, 2011

Town Lake Park - Pittsboro

I needed a rental car and had to go to Pittsboro to get it. Fortunately for us, we picked up our Chevy Malibu right around the corner from Town Lake Park so swung our borrowed wheels by for a visit.

My advice is not to go to Town Lake Park for the playground facilities. This is an older place, and the playground shows it. Just a few monkey bars, a balance beam, and some really outdated swings (the bucket swings are the old school ones that have just a chain on one side, yikes!) in pea gravel. There are picnic tables that were just installed earlier this year in a shelter and a soccer field that gets a bit of use.

But really, do go here for the little walk with the kids. The pond is really pretty and geese frequent this location and can be fun to feed (even if those suckers have a mean streak, so watch out). The path is clean and tidy. C and I didn't do the entire trail, but it seems like you could easily push a jogging stroller on this. And we had fun on the part we did do.

There are two entrances to the trail it turns out. We used the entrance that was off of Highway 87 on Lake Drive. But according to the Pittsboro Park Blog (which is a great resource, by the way) there is also a Diane Street entrance that looks quite nice and has undergone renovations recently. There is close to 1 mile of dirt trail around the 38-acre pond. I have read in some places that it comes close to downtown Pittsboro but since we did not make it that far and I am awful at judging scale on Google maps I simply am not sure how close. Maybe a Pittsboro local can inform us better?

Either way, it is a nice little walk through shade trees, some of which are labeled for your education. Perhaps someday the playground area will also see some renovations, and it will be a one-stop wonder!

Town Lake Park
Lake Drive, off of Highway 87


At July 10, 2011 at 10:08 PM , Anonymous T said...

I recently walked the Town Lake Trail. It was a fairly easy trek. My 2.5 year old walked the whole thing without a problem. I did bring a jogging stroller for my 1 year old and although I did make it, I would opt for a baby carrier next time. There were lots of roots, a few stairs, narrow section on a hill etc.

At July 10, 2011 at 10:12 PM , Blogger allison c said...

T; Thanks so much for the information and details. We didn't make it around the whole path, so great to know that a carrier is an even better bet! Wonderful information for other parents.


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