The largest of Delaware County’s parks, Clayton Park boasts 170 acres of woodlands, playing fields, picnic groves, nature trails, and even a nine-hole golf course. But it is trees, grand and gnarly, that Clayton Park has in wonderful abundance.
Under the trees to picnic and play
Clayton Park formally defines 11 picnic groves for even the largest of families, including a freshly finished picnic pavilion. Multiple tables are group in the shade with views to the fields and woodlands. It also offers quiet, private picnic tables and benches in the shade that couples and small groups may relish for their outing. Under the grand canopies of mature trees and along pine groves and streams, it is the trees that make Clayton Park serene and refreshing. Cool, still shade to sit, to walk, to explore. Even the four playing fields for baseball or soccer are just a trot away from the tree-lined stream. And, if you desire more of walk, the rolling hills of the golf course lie just on the other side, spotted with lines of evergreens for a bit of shade and buffer. Accessible from Route 322, the quaint golf club house offers the rare treat of inexpensive, nine-hole golf on the same terraced hills that were enjoyed this winter for sledding. But it is picnic season now, and with it all that we waited for all winter. Eat, walk, play and delight in Clayton Park’s restful setting. You deserve the feeling of being made in the shade.
Clayton Park offers ample parking and space for family and group gatherings. It is always wise to check their site for answers to any additional questions or needs that come with organizing a perfect picnic. Be sure to come prepared, dressed and ready for the outdoors, the wooded terrain, and cool shade. You may also want to bring plenty of goodies to fuel your playtime, no matter how you like to burn some energy.