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Piney Lake, a part of UNC Greensboro since 1956, encompasses 40+ acres of beautiful park-like property situated eight miles south of campus near the community of Pleasant Garden. 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!

COVID-19 Updates

  • Piney Lake capacity is 50 people maximum at this time. Please view the live count of visitors currently at the property. This count is updated at minimum every 30 minutes during hours of operation. 
  • Face coverings that cover the nose and mouth are REQUIRED when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained. 
  • Students with Spartan ID card are permitted effective 8/22/20.
  • Kaplan Center members with ID card are permitted effective 9/12/20.
  • NO guests are permitted at this time. 
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the check-in desk and picnic areas.
  • Disinfecting wipes are provided. Please use them to clean chairs and tables before and after each use.
  • Waterfront activity equipment will be disinfected after each use.
  • The following equipment is available for check out and is disinfected after each use:
    • Disc golf discs 
    • Corn hole bags 
    • Frisbee, footballs, volleyballs, and soccer balls
    • Bocce ball set
    • Grilling utensils
  • The hiking trail, swimming area, watercraft (canoes, kayaks, paddle boats, SUP), and disc golf are still available. 
  • Shuttle Service is available. Current shuttle schedules and safety measures are listed in the Transportation section below. Please note, if you take the shuttle to Piney Lake you may be asked to take one back at a set time to ensure transportation capacities can be met and everyone can return to campus in a timely manner. 
  • Piney Lake staff reserve the right to stop any activity that does not meet our safety standards.
  • Piney Lake staff reserve the right to close Piney Lake at any time for the safety of staff and visitors.

Shuttle Information

  • Pick up location: EUC Transportation Circle – look for the shuttle sign!
  • Departures times: 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.
  • Spartan ID required for all passengers.
  • Shuttle is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Shuttles operate every day Piney Lake is open.
  • Last return shuttle from Piney Lake to campus is at the closing hour each day (please check calendar for current closing time).
  • NO fee for shuttle rides.
  • Pets are not permitted on the shuttle.

COVID-19 TRANSPORTATION PROTOCOLS

  • Each pick up is limited to 6 passengers.
  • Face coverings are required at ALL times while in the shuttle.
  • Each shuttle is limited to a total of 6 passengers.
  • If you take the shuttle you may be asked to take one back at a set time to ensure transportation capacities can be met and everyone can return to campus in a timely manner.
  • Shuttles are disinfected between each trip.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in the shuttle along with extra face coverings if you need one.

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. Please read all COVID-19 updates listed above as they may impact some of the following guidelines for Piney Lake.

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
  • Piney Lake Weekend Passes are available for UNCG Faculty, Staff, and Alumni that are not Kaplan Center members. For more information CLICK HERE.
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.
  • 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 12 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 12 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
  • Charcoal grills are provided on a first come, first served basis. No personal grills or stoves are permitted.
  • 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 Group 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:

  • Wireless Internet
  • Ceiling Mounted Projector and Screen
  • Large Dry-Erase Board
  • Space for up to 40 people
  • Refrigerator

CLICK HERE for information on reserving spaces.

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Environmental Well-being

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 well-being. 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 Well-being.


We want to hear from you!

What did we do well? What can we do better? Whether you want to compliment an outstanding employee or provide feedback about a disappointment, all of your comments are welcomed and valued. We strive to provide you with the best programs, services, and facilities.

Hours of Operation

  • October 1 – November 1:
    • Saturday & Sunday – 11:00am – 6:00pm

Things to do:

Land Activities
  • Badminton
  • Bocce Ball
  • Corn Hole
  • Hammocking
  • Hiking
  • Volleyball
  • 9-hole disc golf course
  • Picnicking*
  • Equipment Checkout**

    *Picnicking: charcoal grills and grilling utensils also available at no cost

    **Available Equipment: frisbees, footballs, soccer balls, and more are available at no cost
Lake Activities
  • Canoeing
  • Catch & Release Fishing
  • Kayaking
  • Paddle Boats, Stand Up
  • Paddleboarding
  • Swimming
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Piney Lake Events Calendar

Fri, Oct 23

  • Piney Lake Open 11-6 PM

  • Yoga by the Lake

Sat, Oct 24

  • Piney Lake Open 11-6 PM

Sun, Oct 25

  • Piney Lake Open 11-6 PM

  • Yoga by the Lake

  • Jazz at Piney Lake

Fri, Oct 30

  • Moonlight Canoeing

  • Halloween Event

  • Piney Lake Open 11-6 PM

  • Yoga by the Lake