Cool and sunny September afternoons are perfect for lots of things. My favorite happens to be grabbing a coffee and taking my kids to one of the many nice parks that dot the Richland County landscape. Sometimes the parks are bustling with the sound of kids laughing and playing, but more often than not I am surprised there are not more visitors. That is one reason I felt compelled to write this post— to invite you and your families to get outside and enjoy the free weather, fun, and adventures the parks have to offer with your kids. Ready to explore? Here are a few of my favorites.
Bicentennial park on Lex-Ontario Road in Lexington— This park has really nice play areas for your toddlers all the way up to your big kids. Lots of different slides, climbing areas and swings will keep them occupied until you can get them home! There is also covered picnic areas, soccer fields, a stream, and plenty of space for your little ones to run, run, run.
Charles Mill Lake Park in Mifflin near the junction of state routes 430 and 603– While there is sometimes a $5 entrance fee there is so much to do here! There is a playground with slides, swings, a marina to explore or rent a boat, camping, and a beach (well maybe the beach is better left for hot summer days!) They also have different family events throughout the year like Fireworks on the 4th of July.
Clear Fork Reservoir located off route 97– No playground or swings here, but there is over 1,000 acres of water and lots of natural beauty to take in. The kids would love a picnic here and all you need to bring is the food! There are plenty of picnic tables, charcoal grills and breathtaking lake views. There is also tons of green space so a game of corn hole or “red light, green light” might happen after lunch.
There are so many parks to choose from in Richland County and that is one of the reasons it is a great place to raise a family! What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!