Taking time to explore the outdoors is a great way to enjoy nature and soak up the sun. Thankfully, Lexington has lots of outdoor recreation venues like Corley Street Park, featuring a spray pool and sandbox area, and Lexington Square Park, situated in the heart of downtown. So, whether you're looking to take a morning hike on a shady trail or let your kids burn up some energy at a playground, Lexington’s got you covered.
This downtown park features gardens, picnic shelters, streams and a koi pond along with several trails and a separate playground catering to children with special needs. It's perfect for a hot summer day as it offers a tremendous amount of shade to keep you cool while you play.
Want to grill in a beautiful park setting? Gibson Pond Park is your place. This park offers grills and picnic shelters to enjoy an outdoor meal. Larger groups can rent the park's pavilion equipped with overhead fans, a stone fireplace and tables to accommodate 80 people. While the pond is not as high as it used to be, the park is still a sweet spot to drop a fishing line, picnic with friends and family and enjoy a peaceful day outdoors.
Morning walks are a great way to start your day. On Fourteen Mile Creek Trail, you can stretch your legs and witness nature’s beauty. The 1.8-mile flat pathway is ideal for beginner hikers and kids. The trail follows a creek and leads to a small meadow where kids can wade in and splash around. To learn more about the local wildlife, check out the educational kiosk and outdoor learning center.
One of Lexington's crowning jewels is Lake Murray, a 50,000-acre reservoir with roughly 500 miles of shoreline. Impounded in the late 1920s to provide hydroelectric power to the state of South Carolina, it's a popular recreational venue for activities like fishing, boating, kayaking and more. If you’re bringing your own boat, Jakes Landing offers dry, wet and land storage as well as a boat store where you can buy “the best boiled peanuts on the lake.” If you don’t have your own watercraft, no worries. Several outfitters offer motor boat, kayak and standup paddleboard rentals. There's also a beach for swimming with shaded picnic areas.
For fun and games all summer long, head to the Lexington County Baseball Stadium to catch a Lexington Blowfish ball game. The locally owned collegiate baseball team was twice voted Coastal Plain League Organization of the Year. Come hungry! The concession menu includes everything from chicken tenders and burgers to craft beer and frozen lemonade.