300 Reservoir Park Rd., Off Hwy 22,
Southern Pines, NC 28387
If you’re in the mood to feed the ducks, hike around a beautiful and peaceful body of water, observe birds and other wildlife in their natural habitat and maybe even have a picnic, then Reservoir Park is a great place to go. The reservoir was constructed in 1926 as a water supply for Southern Pines. In 1986, it was dedicated as a park and 65 adjoining acres were set aside as green space, bringing the park’s overall size to 195 acres.
A gravel path under a canopy of pine, oak and hickory trees, loops around the reservoir. You’ll find lake views, boardwalks, observation benches and side routes along the way and small signs listing the different tree and plant specimens found in the area. Be sure to listen quietly as you walk, run, or ride your bike around the reservoir. Wildlife is abundant and easy to spot if you’re willing to take a minute to wait. The park also is a connector point for the Southern Pines Greenway Trail System.
Bathrooms are available and open seasonally. Picnic shelters are located along the reservoir near the parking area. No swimming is allowed, but you can fish and boat. Dogs are allowed, but several signs will remind you to keep them on a leash at all times. Admission is free.