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Seneca Creek State Park Public Picnic Groves

SCSP_Playground.jpgNon-reserved, first-come first-served picnicking is available at the Oriole, Chicakdee, Quail Ridge and Pines picnic groves. All of the picnic groves offer tables, charcoal grills (bring your own charcoal), and comfort stations. Playgrounds are located near the picnic areas--see area descriptions below for details. There is no additional charge to use these picnic facilities; however, normal park admission charges apply. Seneca Creek does not have a camp store or food concession; however, charcoal and ice cream are sold at the Boat Center during normal Boat Center operating days and hours.

Rules and Regulations for Public Picnic Groves:

  • All picnic groves close at sunset.
  • Seneca Creek is a trash-free park. Please bring trash bags, and plan on bringing back out of the park everything you bring with you. There are no trash cans or dumpsters inside the park.
  • Amplified music is not permitted in public picnic groves.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in public picnic groves.

Pines
Large public picnic area shaded by pine trees. Picnic sites range in size for groups of 1-40 people. Convenient to Tire Playground and Boat Center. Parking lots immediately adjacent to the Pines Picnic Area may fill with cars on busy summer weekends; overflow parking is available near the Tire Playground. All vehicles must park in paved, marked parking lots or in the designated and marked Overflow Lot. On busy days consider Oriole, Chickadee and Quail Ridge as alternatives.

Oriole
The picnic area is shaded by tall hardwood trees. Picnic sites range in size for groups of 1-20 people. Coming in 2017: Balance, build, climb and connect at our new Nature Play Space at Oriole Picnic Area--an imagination-centered play area created from all-natural materials.

Chickadee
Public picnic area shaded by tall hardwood trees. Picnic sites range in size for groups of 1-20 people. New for 2017: kids’ playground. Convenient access to Lake Shore Trail at Kingfisher Overlook and to Great Seneca and Seneca Greenway trails at lower end of parking lot.

Quail Ridge
Public picnic area shaded by tall hardwood trees on the south side of Clopper Lake. Picnic sites range in size for groups of 1-40 people. Several sites are suitable for larger groups. Kids’ playground. Access to open field suitable for field sports and games via a trail beginning behind the Comfort Station; bring your own sports equipment.

Playgrounds Galore

Recycled Tire Playground
Imagination runs wild at Seneca’s Recycled Tire Playground, a family favorite since 1999. Defend a castle, ride a tire dragon, take a flight on the zip line, and more. During summer our Park Naturalists and Rangers present frequent nature programs and craft programs at the nearby Nature Shack; see park events calendar for program details.

The Tire Playground is located near the Pines picnic grove in the Clopper Day-Use area.

Nature Play Space
Balance, build, climb, connect, and create in our new nature play space at Oriole Picnic Grove. This imagination-centered play area is created from giant oak tree trunks, locust tree logs, and other all-natural materials. The idea of the play space and all of the work was done in-house by park staff, using the talents of our park technicians and park rangers.

Play as you Picnic
Quail Ridge and Chickadee Picnic Areas offer playground areas with climbing features and small slides close to picnic benches.

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