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    Picnic site

    I have been tasked with choosing a picnic site for our annual picnic. I am considering a place called Falls Lake in Wake Forest. Anyone ever been there? It sounds good.
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    Re: Picnic site

    Wake county's version of Jordan Lake (last year's picnic site).

    Easily accessed from I-85 and from the Triangle via I-540 (the non-toll section).

    Some parts are Raleigh addresses, never actually heard it called in Wake Forest.

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    Re: Picnic site

    Not familiar with that one. The last several we've used have been very well attended except the Hagan Stone Park near Liberty. I think that one was mostly a weather problem.

    To all, remember this will happen in May, so it will not likely have problems with low temps or snow, just rain sometimes interferes. We do need to decide quickly though to reserve a place as these get filled up quickly once the year gets underway.

    Please let us know if you've been to this venue and really like it or have other suggestions.
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    Re: Picnic site

    I assume you are referring to the Falls Lake State Recreation area - actually is a series of multiple parks adjoining Falls Lake north of Raleigh.

    They have shelters in several of the areas, but most only have 8 tables. There are a few that have 12 tables and list a max of 100 people.
    I checked availability could only find shelter 4 at Sandling Beach to be available for May 13
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    Re: Picnic site

    I vote for either Jordon Lake, or park in either Cary or Apex. We have used park in Cary before. Apex has two adjoining shelters. Park is located on Laura Duncan between old US 1 and US 64.

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    Re: Picnic site

    What about going farther west this year...giving those members a break on the driving..maybe Bryan Park in Browns Summit. They have 2 shelters seating 150 ppl

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    Re: Picnic site

    Here's a bit more information about Falls Lake and facilities. I couldn't find much information about picnic shelter capacities at the various rec areas, but a few phone calls might help.

    http://www.ncparks.gov/falls-lake-state-recreation-area

    http://www.ncparks.gov/sites/default...e-park-map.pdf

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    Re: Picnic site

    http://www.ncparks.gov/stone-mountai...ble-facilities

    Here is another that would reduce driving for those that have been doing the "long haul"
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    Re: Picnic site

    The geographic center of North Carolina is located in Chatham County, 10 miles NW of Sanford.
    Longitude: 79° 27.3'W
    Latitude: 35° 36.2'N
    That location is within a few miles of Jordan Lake, where the picnic has been held several times, and has worked quite successful.
    The east area has an annual picnic, which I have attended, and the west area has an annual picnic, which I may attend this year.
    The further west you move the location, the fewer people you will see from the east, vice versa if you you move the location to the east.
    The greatest turnouts have been at the picnics at Jordan Lake/ Cary sites.

    Just my 2 cents

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    Re: Picnic site

    Berta,
    I have not been to the park you mentioned. We could always create a poll with a number of locations that can accommodate a group our size and get some feedback that way. Maybe have everyone choose their top 2. Just a thought.

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    Re: Picnic site

    If the Jordan Lake site was close to the center why not have it in the same place? Were there comments/feedback that mentioned things that weren't so good?

    For one day it seems easiest for all the planners to not reinvent the wheel.

    Just my 2 cents .. guess we're up to 4 cents now

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    Re: Picnic site

    I just looked up the rates for the shelter in Apex that Bruce was mentioning. $17.50 per hour if a resident books. I think the shelter at Jordan lake was about $95.00. Somewhere like Hagan Stone or in Asheboro might not be a bad idea either. If I can help research site let me know. I have never been to Falls Lake. I heard it gets pretty crowded, but in early May it should be fine if they have a picnic area large enough. The Midwest tool collectors have their winter event at the Daniel Boone Big Barn Convention Center in Hillsborough. Its indoors. Don't know the cost but its right on I40 and I85.

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    Re: Picnic site

    I live near there. I understand the location issue, but if you want more info or to have someone go look at the facilities, let me know.
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    Re: Picnic site

    If you desire something more "rustic" you can check this out.

    http://nc-culture.com/ole-mill-crank...-nc-last-week/
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    The largest all-volunteer, "take the troops fishing" organization in the world. Headquartered right here in North Carolina!

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    Re: Picnic site

    Quote Originally Posted by Endless Pursuit View Post
    If you desire something more "rustic" you can check this out.

    http://nc-culture.com/ole-mill-crank...-nc-last-week/
    That looks interesting.

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