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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

Effective 05/22/2021

  • Face coverings are no longer required when outdoors at Piney Lake. Face coverings are optional for fully vaccinated individuals.  Individuals who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear a face covering when inside. (i.e. the lodges). 
  • Piney Lake is now open to all students and Kaplan Center members along with up to four guests, including minors. Please review the “Access” policies under the guidelines section of the website for more details.

Shuttle Information

(Shuttles not available during the Summer)

  • Pick up location: EUC Transportation Circle – look for the shuttle sign!
  • Departures times: every half hour 12pm – 5:30 PM
  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • 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
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

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.
Waterfront Guidelines
  • Swimming is available May through September, weather permitting.
  • Swimming permitted only when a lifeguard is on duty and when weather permits.
  • 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.
Water Trampoline Guidelines
  • Participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No one under the age of 5 is permitted.
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD) required at all times except when lounging on the trampoline.
  • Participants must remain visible to lifeguards at all times.
  • Participants must swim to the trampoline and get on by using the swim platform. No boarding the trampoline from any watercraft.
  • No more than (3) people on the trampoline at a time.
  • No more than (2) people on the slide at a time.
  • Head first and feet first entry off the slide is permitted.
  • Jumping off the trampoline is not permitted. The swim platform and slide are the only approved exit points off the trampoline.
  • No flipping.
  • No horseplay on the trampoline (i.e. wrestling or other physical interaction).
  • No participant is permitted under the trampoline at any time.
  • Please be courteous with your time if others are waiting to use the trampoline.
  • Staff reserve the right to limit access to the trampoline at any time.

Piney Lake Group Reservation Information

The Hilltop Lodge, 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. UPDATE: Lodges will be available starting August 17, 2021. Reservations can be made in EMS starting June 1, 2021. See link below for more details or to make a reservation.

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.

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.

Featured Events

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4016 Blumenthal Rd
Greensboro, NC 27406

Hours of Operation

  • Open Saturdays & Sundays ONLY: 12:00pm – 8:00pm (Beginning 5/8)

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 (May – Sept)
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Piney Lake Events Calendar

Sat, Jul 31

  • Piney Lake Open

Sun, Aug 1

  • Piney Lake Open

  • Lakeside Yoga at Piney Lake with Catie

Sat, Aug 7

  • Piney Lake Open

Sun, Aug 8

  • Piney Lake Open

  • Lakeside Yoga at Piney Lake with Catie

Sat, Aug 14

  • Piney Lake Open

Sun, Aug 15

  • Piney Lake Open

  • Lakeside Yoga at Piney Lake with Catie

Fri, Aug 20

  • Piney Lake Open