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Last Updated November 30, 2012
River Bend offers three unique areas to picnic with your group. Garbage collection is not provided at sites. Please take your refuse with you when done.
upper parking lot picnic area

Upper Parking Lot

  • Adjacent to upper parking lot
  • Mostly shady, with partial sun
  • 2-3 moveable picnic tables
  • Two fire rings
  • Near marsh overlook, sping, waterfall, pond, woods
  • Rarely used for organized programs and events
  • No bathrooms or drinking fountain

interpretive center picnic area

Interpretive Center Lawn

  • Adjacent to parking lot & Interpretive Center
  • Mostly sunny, very little shade
  • 3-4 moveable picnic tables, one handicapped accessible
  • No fire rings
  • Near main trail head
  • Often used for school & public programs
  • Outdoor drinking fountain (shut off in winter)
  • Bathrooms & drinking fountain in Interpretive Center during open hours

trailside picnic area

Trailside Knoll

  • 100-yard walk from main parking lot (accessible by paved trails)
  • Mostly shade, some sun
  • 4-5 moveable picnic tables, one handicapped accessible
  • One fire ring
  • Covered patio shelter (not pictured)
  • Often used for school programs & summer cmaps
  • Closest picnic area to river
  • Has drinking fountain (turned off in winter), but 150 yards away from above Interpretive Center with bathrooms (which are only available during open hours)





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