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 try out Stand Up Paddleboarding for the first time, Piney Lake has something for everyone!

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Things to Do

Students relaxing in Hammocks at Piney Lake

land activities

Badminton, Bocce Ball, Corn Hole, Hammocking, Hiking, Volleyball, 9-hole disc golf course, Picnicking*, Equipment checkout
* Charcoal grills and grilling utensils also available at no cost

Water inflatable obstacle course at Piney Lake

water activities

Canoeing, Catch & Release Fishing, Kayaking, Paddle Boats, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Swimming (April-Sept), Innertubes (Personal Floatation devices available), Water Trampoline, and Wibit Track

piney lake policies

The following policies 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. 

  • Piney Lake is available at no additional cost to all UNCG students paying the student activity fee and all Kaplan Center Members.
  • Eligible students and Kaplan Center members are permitted up to four (4) guests per visit.
  • Guests must be accompanied by a sponsoring UNCG member 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 a parent or legal guardian. Piney Lake Guest Waiver

  • 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 the swimming 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

  • Charcoal grills are provided on a first come-first serve basis. Personal grills or stoves are prohibited.
  • 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.

  • Lifeguard must be on duty to use watercraft.
  • Life jackets must be properly fitted and worn while in the watercraft.
  • Participants under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult in the watercraft.
  • Weight and capacity limits of all watercraft must be followed.
  • Standing in canoes, kayaks, or paddle boats is prohibited.
  • No horseplay, rocking, or intentional flipping of watercraft.
  • Watercraft is prohibited in the swimming area.
  • Use of the pier in the middle of the lake is 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.

  • Participants are allowed to wear attire that will not hinder their ability to swim safely or engage in water activities. Swim diapers are required for all children not potty-trained.
  • Thong swimsuits are prohibited.
  • Swimming is available April through September, weather permitting and when a lifeguard 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 10 years must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Life jackets and other floatation devices must be Coast Guard approved and 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.
  • Watercraft, fishing, and rough-housing are prohibited in the swimming area.
  • Food and drink are prohibited in the water.

  • All Inflatables:
    • Participants under the age of 10 years must be accompanied by an adult. Participants under 5 years of age are not permitted.  Participants must swim to inflatables. No boarding from watercraft.
    • Do not swim under inflatables.
    • Please be courteous with your time if others are waiting.
    • No pushing people off inflatables or rough-housing.
    • Staff reserve the right to limit access at any time.
  • Tower:
    • Personal Flotation Device (PFD) REQUIRED at all times.
    • No more than six (6) people on the tower at a time.
    • No more than two (2) people on the slide at a time.
    • No more than two (2) people may jump off the ledge at a time. Water below the jump area must be cleared of people before jumping.
    • No more than one (1) person on the climbing feature at a time.
    • All sliding and jumps into the water must be done feet first.
  • Aquatrack:
    • Personal Flotation Device (PFD) REQUIRED at all times.
    • No more than two (2) people on each section of the aquatrack at a time.
    • Each end (platform and slide) should be clear at all times.
  • Trampoline:
    • Personal Flotation Device (PFD) RECOMMENDED.
    • No more than three (3) jumpers on the trampoline at a time.
    • No more than two (2) people on the slide at a time. 
    • No flipping or jumping off of the trampoline.
    • The swim platform and slide are the only approved exit points.
    • Sliding must be done feet first.

piney lake group reservation

The Hilltop Lodge, Lakeside Lodge, and waterfront are perfect gathering spaces 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 outings. PLEASE NOTE: Waterfront reservations are not available at this time.

  • Indoor space for up to 30 people
  • Wireless Internet
  • 80″ Digital Display  (HDMI Cable provided)
  • Large Dry-Erase Board (Markers not provided)
  • Refrigerator 
  • Hiking Trail
  • Fishing
  • 9-hole Disc Golf Course
  • Lawn Activities:
    • Volleyball
    • Cornhole
    • Badminton
    • Bocce Ball
    • Spikeball
    • Kan jam
    • Frisbees, footballs, soccer balls
    • Hammocks
Click here for more information on reserving Piney Lake


4016 Blumenthal Rd., Greensboro, NC 27406


  • Opening date for 2024: Sunday, March 24
  • Closing date for 2024: Sunday, October 6
  • Regular Hours:
    • Saturdays & Sundays 11:00am – 6:00pm
    • Closed May 29, July 3
  • Swimming open April – September
    • Swimming is weather dependent.
  • Watercraft are available all season.
  • April/October swimming is tentative based on weather and water temperature.

shuttle information

  • Shuttles operate every day Piney Lake is open during the Fall and Spring semester. Shuttles are not available during the summer.
  • Pick up location: EUC Transportation Circle – look for the shuttle sign.
    • Departure times from EUC circle 12:00PM
    • Return shuttles from Piney Lake is 2:00PM
  • 14 riders per shuttle.
  • UNCG SpartanCard required for all passengers.
  • Shuttle is FREE and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Pets are not permitted on the shuttle.
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