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Recreation

Gardens


BOG GARDEN

Distance From Hotel: 1.4 miles |  About 4 minutes | Get Directions

This garden features an elevated boardwalk which meanders through 7 acres of natural wetlands. Stone pathways traverse a forested hillside, and visitors can enjoy the sounds of water at Serenity Falls – a re-circulating waterfall – while viewing the many varieties of plants, birds, and other wildlife inhabiting the area.

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TANGER FAMILY BICENTENNIAL GARDEN

Distance From Hotel: 1.5 miles |  About 4 minutes | Get Directions

Known for its massive annual plantings and bronze sculpture, this 7.5-acre garden is a popular and relaxing retreat.

A Wedding Gazebo adds an air of elegance, a man-made re-circulating stream provides texture, movement and sound, and a Sensory Garden engages visitors in an interactive landscape experience. A variety of sculpture placed throughout the garden provides artistic and historic interest, and a Paver Plaza, located at the garden’s entrance, offers a way to lend your name to the garden.

The garden is open year-round. Admission is free.

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Greensboro Arboretum

Distance From Hotel: 1.9 miles |  About 7 minutes | Get Directions

This 17-acre site features 14 plant collections, special display gardens and distinct structural features. The extensive variety of plants offers rich educational opportunities for children and adults, landscape designers, and homeowners. The garden is open year-round. Admission is free.

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Kayaking & Paddleboarding


Greensboro is home to three lakes that offer boat rentals, picnic shelters and fishing.

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Lake Brandt

Distance From Hotel: 8.3 miles |  About 16 minutes | Get Directions

Lake Brandt is an 816-acre municipal reservoir. The lake was originally built in 1925 and raised to its present level in 1958.

Fishing is allowed from the pier or from a boat. No bank fishing is allowed. Fishing is most successful for largemouth bass, crappie, and catfish.

Kayaking, stand-up paddling boarding, and canoeing are allowed on Lake Brandt. A launch ramp is open for private boats. Privately owned canoes and kayaks may be launched year-round. Rowboats, kayaks, paddleboards, and canoes are available to the public for in-season daily rental. View activity and rental fees chart.

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Lake HIGGINS

Distance From Hotel: 10.5 miles |  About 17 minutes | Get Directions

It is the smallest of the three City lakes, yet offers some of the best fishing in the area. Fishing is allowed from a boat or from the pier. Kayaking, stand-up paddling boarding (SUP) and canoeing are also allowed on Lake Higgins. A launch ramp is open for launching private boats. The North Carolina Rowing Center is located on Lake Higgins and offers rowing for youth and adults.  Middle and High School teams are coed and compete throughout the Southeast.

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Lake Townsend

Distance From Hotel: 11 miles |  About 19 minutes | Get Directions

Lake Townsend is the largest of Greensboro’s municipal reservoirs. The lake is 1,542 acres and is adjacent to the Bryan Park Complex and Golf Course off Highway 29 North. A large boat ramp is available for private boat launching, with another launch ramp for small sailboats. Kayaks and rowboats are available to rent. Sailboats can be rented with previous sailing experience. Popular fish include largemouth bass, hybrid bass, striped bass, catfish, and crappie.

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Greensboro Mountain Biking Trails


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Our City has almost 40 miles of mountain biking trails to experience. These trails provide recreational enjoyment for the experienced BMX biker, those just starting out in the sport, and everyone in between.

The trails are preserved in a primitive manner and are linear — you ride out and back along the same path from the trailhead where you started.

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Country Park, Copperhead Trail & Free Ride ARea

Distance From Hotel: 3.6 miles |  About 12 minutes | Get Directions

Country Park is a great place for trails! The Country Park Loop is a one-way, one-lane road open to cars, bikes, in-line skaters and pedestrians. The Veteran’s Trail of Peace, located behind the Veteran’s Memorial, provides a pleasant walk for quiet reflection near Richland Creek. Country Park is also developing a new interpretive nature trail for persons with special needs that will be fully-accessible to everyone. The Copperhead Trail dips and twists through the wooded areas of Country Park with its berms and gullies that keep the mountain biking locals coming back for more. “The Zone” is a new place for expert mountain bikers and BMXers to test their skills on a downhill jump course. “The Zone” features a number of jumps, berms, rhythm and whoop sections sure to get the adrenaline flowing. Helmets are required in “The Zone” and rules are posted on the kiosk next to the course start point behind the Stoner-White Stadium scoreboard. Inexperienced riders are discouraged from entering “The Zone.”

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HIKING TRAILS

More than 42 miles of natural surface trails offer opportunities to experience the joys of the outdoors. These trails provide recreational enjoyment for every outdoor enthusiast. The beautiful scenery around the lakes, wildflowers, trees, and wildlife make these trails one of Greensboro’s best kept secrets.

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Golf


STONEY CREEK GOLF CLUB

Distance From Hotel: 14.3 miles | About 23 minutes | Get Directions

“Your Escape to What You Deserve”
Located 14 Miles from the O.Henry Hotel with resort quality and affordable pricing. Club services and amenities include: 18 Hole Championship Golf Course; Warm and Inviting Clubhouse; Elegant Golf Shop and Grille; Practice Facility with Covered Learning Center; Meeting and Special Event Services.

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BRYAN PARK GOLF COURSE

Distance From Hotel: 12.7 miles | About 19 minutes | Get Directions

Nowhere is the spectacular beauty of Bryan Park more evident than on the golf courses. In fact, both courses were recently awarded the prestigious 4-Star ranking in Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play Guide. 36 holes of championship golf, golf practice and learning facility, pro shop, grill.

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