There is no better way to explain how beautiful and scenic Shelter #1 at Staunton River State Park really is other than to show you:
A PICNIC IS MORE THAN JUST EATING A MEAL
These photos were taken November 9, 2014 at Shelter #1 where life is a picnic!
- If it's raining? Got you covered.
- If it's cold? Got you covered.
- Need a playground? Got you covered.
- Need nearby restrooms? Got you covered.
- Need some waterviews? Got you covered.
- Need some shoreline? Got you covered.
- Need some nearby trails? Got you covered.
- Need space to run around? Got you covered.
- Need a place to catch the sunset on the water? Got you covered.
- Need easy access? Got you covered.
- Need ample and close parking? Got you covered.
- Need a supersized grill to cook for the group? Got you covered.
- Need a reservation? Got you covered.
THE FINE PRINT
Shelters can be rented from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and it is yours all day. Call 1-800-933-PARK to reserve. Parking and swimming fees are not included in shelter rental. Click here for park fees.
Shelter #1: Near the Dan River, this shelter provides a shady setting for reunions, picnics and other special events. It accommodates up to 60 comfortably. There is a spigot that allows access to potable water and a large grill at the back of the shelter. There's no deck but there is a graveled area by the grill. This shelter offers no view of the river; access to the river is limited. A walk of about two minutes brings you to the river. The shelter is near a playground, horseshoe pit and trash disposal, and bathrooms are about five minutes away. This shelter offers access to the pool area via the Tutelo Trail, a 5-10 minute walk. First-come, first-served picnic tables that can be used to accommodate more people are around shelter. (Note: Several distances mentioned above might prove difficult for the disabled.)
Get the scoop on all the shelters at Staunton River State Park here. Shelter #1 is my top choice, but if it is not available don't be shy, there are a couple others that are fantastic. You are outside so be prepared for the elements, that includes those uninvited guests, the ants.
IT JUST WOULDN'T BE A PICNIC WITHOUT ANTS
While I was standing there breathing in the fresh air at Staunton River State Park, watching the leaves fall, hearing the caw caw of the crows and the fluttering sound of the ducks lifting off on the river,I thought and then said aloud:
"If I were a local church or community group, this is exactly where I would have my Sunday picnic. I can almost hear the good conversation and laughter, and smell the burgers and hot dogs sizzling on the grill!"