Piney Lake

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Piney Lake, a part of UNC Greensboro since 1956, ecompasses 40+ acres of beautiful park-like property situated eight miles south of campus near the community of Pleasant Garden. Effective March 2017, Students, Faculty, Staff, and their guests will have the ability to access Piney Lake on the weekends for informal recreation. Piney Lake is the perfect place to unplug, recharge, and get in touch with nature. Whether you are coming to sit on the lakeshore to read a good book or trying out Stand Up Paddleboarding for the first time, Piney Lake has something for everyone!

Things To Do


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  • Canoeing
  • Catch & Release Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boats
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding
  • Swimming

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  • 18-hole Disc Golf Course
  • Badminton
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corn Hole
  • Hammocking
  • Hiking
  • Volleyball
  • Picnicking – charcoal grills and grilling utensils also available at no cost
  • Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, and more are also available to rent at no cost

Environmental Wellness


UNC Greensboro Recreation & Wellness believes that leading a lifestyle that gets you spending time outdoors and one that is respectful to the environment is critical to our overall wellbeing. Piney Lake provides a space for you to spend time outdoors connecting with the natural world – something overlooked in our busy lives. Research shows that spending time outside can lower stress levels, improve our mood and vitality.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Environmental Wellness.

Getting to Piney Lake


Hours of Operation – Spring Semester 2018

Opening Day: March 17th – Join us for our BIG reopening party! More details to come…
Saturday & Sunday: HOURS TBD

How to get to Piney Lake
Parking is available at Piney Lake. Please consider carpooling if coming as a group.

Piney Lake Address:
4016 Blumenthal Rd.
Greensboro, NC 27406

Piney Lake Shuttle Information

  • Pick up location: TBD
  • Pick up times: TBD
  • The Shuttle is FREE
  • Each pick up is limited to 14 passengers.
  • Pets are not permitted on the shuttle.
  • Shuttle is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Piney Lake Visitor Guidelines


The following guidelines are to be adhered to by staff and visitors of Piney Lake. This list is not all inclusive and it is the discretion of the Piney Lake staff to determine the best course of action or decision for situations or items not listed below.
  • Access
    • Piney Lake is available at no additional cost to all UNCG students paying the student fee as well as all Kaplan Center Members.
    • Eligible student and Kaplan Center members are permitted up to 4 guests per visit.
    • Guests must be accompanied by a sponsoring UNCG member, bring a photo ID, and sign a waiver upon entry.
    • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
    • All waivers for minors MUST be signed by parent or legal guardian. Piney Lake Guest Waiver
  • General Guidelines
    • All vehicles must be parked in the gravel parking lot. No cars, including staff, are permitted elsewhere.
    • Leashed dogs are welcome. Please clean up after your dog.
    • No glass containers.
    • No use of alcohol or other drugs.
    • No smoking (or vaping) or use of any tobacco products.
    • No guns, knives, or weapons of any kind.
    • Use of lodges, challenge courses, and other restricted areas of the property is prohibited.
    • Please respect the private residence on the property.
    • No explicit or offensive language or behavior.
    • Please respect the environment.
    • Please respect other visitors and their experience.
    • Please respect all equipment made available to you. Visitors are responsible for damage and repair costs associated with reckless or negligent use of equipment.
    • Charcoal grills are provided on a first come, first served basis. No personal grills or stoves are permitted.
    • Fishing is catch and release only.
    • No fishing near swim area.
    • No motorized watercraft allowed.
    • Personal non-motorized watercraft is permitted (kayaks, canoes, etc.), but must be approved by staff.
    • Obey all posted swimming, watercraft, and other posted guidelines.
    • Please notify staff immediately if you notice any safety concerns or other issues during your visit.
    • Staff reserve the right to close property at any time due to weather or other factors they deem necessary to ensure the safety of the property and our guests.
  • Waterfront Guidelines
    • Swimming permitted only when a lifeguard is on duty.
    • Participants must obey lifeguard instructions.
    • Please keep conversations with lifeguards on stand to a minimum.
    • Swimming allowed only in designated swim area.
    • Participants under the age of 16 years must be supervised by an adult at all times.
    • Swim attire must cover all private areas and be swim appropriate; lifeguards may use their discretion as to what is appropriate and inappropriate swim attire. Swim diapers required for all children not toilet trained.
    • Life jackets and other floatation devices must be Coast Guard approved. Life jackets are available upon request.
    • Inflatables and other swim equipment must be approved by a lifeguard before use.
    • No running or diving head first into shallow water.
    • No watercraft permitted in swimming area.
    • No fishing in swimming area.
    • Horseplay not allowed.
    • No food or drink permitted in water.
  • Watercraft Guidelines
    • Lifeguard must be on duty to use watercraft.
    • Life jackets must be properly fitted and worn while on the water.
    • Participants under the age of 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Weight and capacity limits of all watercraft must be followed.
    • Standing in canoes, kayaks, or paddle boats is not permitted.
    • No horseplay, rocking, or intentional flipping of watercraft.
    • No watercraft permitted in swimming area.
    • Use of the pier in the middle of the lake is strictly prohibited.
    • Please be courteous with your time if others are waiting to use watercraft.
    • Staff reserve the right to limit access to the water at any time.
  • Grill Usage
    • Grills are available on a first come, first serve basis.
    • Check the surrounding area for flammable debris before use.
    • Grill must be supervised at all times by the user.
    • Users must clean the grill after each use.
    • Do not place HOT ashes or coals in the trash can.
    • Please be courteous with your time if others are waiting to use the grill.
  • Piney Lake Reservation Information


    The Lakeside Lodge and waterfront are perfect gathering space for meetings, trainings, retreats, and much more. With views of the lake and the surrounding wooded areas, Piney Lake provides a nice escape for your group’s future outings.

    Lodge Amenities Include:
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    • Wireless Internet
    • Ceiling Mounted Projector and Screen
    • Large Dry-Erase Board
    • Space for up to 49 people

    If your group is looking to develop more as a team or to work on specific goals as an organization, consider a custom program through Team QUEST, our experiential edication program housed at Piney Lake. Learn more about Team QUEST here: recwell.uncg.edu/teamquest/

    For questions about scheduling your next event at Piney Lake, please contact Mike Ackerman, Associate Director – Recreation & Wellness at maacker2@uncg.edu.

    CLICK HERE to submit your Piney Lake reservation request.