Locust Shade Park in Triangle, VA has many different activities for everyone. The park has many picnic pavilions, 8-acre fishing lake, several tot lots, walking/hiking trails, sand volleyball court, Jean C. Smith amphitheater, batting cages, driving range and mini golf. When we were at the park over a weekend every single pavilion was reserved for a birthday or graduation event. For information on pavilion rental click here.
When we were at the park we were mostly interested in the lake and hiking trails but the boys of course wanted to hit up all the tot lots in the park. Almost every area had indoor restrooms right near the playground areas and some picnic pavilion areas. The small lake has rental kayak, canoes and paddle boats. Fishing is allowed and tons of people were there fishing for dinner. The hiking trails are mostly natural but there a few groomed fitness trails. Click here for a trail map. The Jean C. Smith Amphitheatre has a great summer schedule for performances for children. For more information go to the website for dates and times.
This is a great park and has lots of activities for everyone. If you live in Prince William County you should check out Locust Shade Park for some great family fun!
My family and I love to hike and this National Park has 37-miles of wooded trails to explore! We have never camped at the park since my in-laws live close by but there are plenty of campsites for all the different types of camping, tent and RV. Indoor Restrooms are available near campsites and certain picnic shelters. If roughing it is not your thing cabins are available to rent as well.
If hiking and camping aren’t your interest you can take the 12-mile Scenic Drive around the park to see the beautiful foliage and wildlife. If you’re into bike riding there is 21-miles of bike path with 3-miles of paved bike path for beginners and the younger crowd. For the history buffs you can visit the Visitor Center to learn more about the parks wildlife, conservation efforts and history behind why the park was conserved as natural space. Picnic Shelters are also available for rental through the park service. The picnic shelter near the Visitor Center has indoor restrooms nearby and a large playground area for the kiddos. The play equipment has a great wildlife theme and different pieces of climbing equipment you don’t normally see at most parks.
As always beware of TICKS on the hiking trails as this is 15,000 acres of natural space with tons of wildlife. If you’re into geocaching this park is filled with caches just remember to mind the natural foliage around the caches. Just like any other National Park there is an admission fee per car. For more on the admission, camping and rental fees click here.