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Picnicking at Cowans Gap State Park

Picnic areas are along the eastern side of Cowans Gap Lake. They are mostly shaded with several CCC-era stone fireplaces and charcoal grills scattered throughout.

Four picnic pavilions may be reserved up to 11 months in advance for a fee. Unreserved picnic pavilions are free on a first-come, first-served basis. Pavilions #2, #3, and #4 are stone and have a fireplace.

  • Pavilion #1 is near the swimming area, boat rental, and parking lot #3.
  • Pavilion #2 is close to a playground, interpretive center, and amphitheater.
  • Pavilion #3 is adjacent to a volleyball court and Lakeside Trail.
  • Pavilion #4 is near Lakeside Trail and parking lot #5.

This activity or structure is ADA accessible. Some picnic tables are ADA accessible and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Pavilion #1 is accessible for people with disabilities.

Make a picnic pavilion reservation for Cowans Gap State Park.