Whether in the mood for a picnic or an afternoon walk, Thomasville offers many places to enjoy the beautiful South Georgia weather.
The Big Oak Park and Gazebo, Elizabeth Ireland Poe Park
124 East Monroe Street
At the corner of Monroe and Crawford Streets in the Downtown Historic District, you will find a charming small park that is home to Thomasville's oldest and most cherished natural landmark, The Big Oak. Have a picnic on the lawn or at the Big Oak Gazebo and enjoy a magnificent, close up view of our great tree! The Big Oak Park is a popular location for small events and weddings and is available for reservations. (This park does not have tables or restrooms.)
Balfour Park and Thomasville Dog Park
415 South Pinetree Boulevard
Balfour Park is a beautiful small park located on South Pinetree Boulevard between US Highway 319 and Fletcher Street, across from Southwestern State Hospital. The park is equipped with a covered shelter, picnic tables, grill, playground equipment, tennis courts, exercise stations and restrooms. Adjacent to the park is the Thomasville Dog Park, a perfect place for your dog to safely enjoy some off-leash time! The Dog Park has three separate pens for small, medium and large dogs, each with running water. Pooper scooper bags are also supplied for your convenience. For some real exercise, your dogs can try out the Obstacle Course! These parks are not available for reservations.
Cherokee Lake Park and Thomasville Rose Garden
420 Covington Avenue
Cherokee Lake Park is one of the city's finest and most scenic recreation spots. A one-mile, paved and lighted walking path winds around the lake with several piers and sitting areas along the way. Fishing and small boats are allowed on the lake as well (small electric motors only). You will also find several covered pavilions, grills, restrooms and a playground with modern equipment for the children. The park is also adjacent to the beautiful Thomasville Rose Garden that blooms from early spring to late fall. The large, main covered pavilion (Pavilion #1) at the park is available for reservations for special events. The Gazebo at the Thomasville Rose Garden is also available for reservations and is a popular location for small weddings.
East Washington and Glenwood Streets
MacIntyre Park is another of Thomasville's small parks located in a beautiful residential area. This park is particulary scenic in the spring with lots of blooms and grand old trees. You'll find playground equipment, picnic tables and a Disc Golf Course. Disc Golf is a sport in which players throw small Frisbee-like discs from gravel “tee boxes” towards 12 metal basket “holes” scattered through the park with the goal of completing the course in as few throws as possible. You can join local enthusiasts every Saturday morning to play a toss, which is disc golf lingo for an informal tournament. (This park does not have restrooms.)
South Broad and Hansell Streets
This historic, 13-acre park was known in the late 1800's and early 1900's as 'Yankee Paradise' Park when it provided the perfect frontage to one of the town's most glamorous Victorian hotels. Wintering northerners would enjoy the park on foot and on bicycles and would listen to famous bands play at the bandshell. The historic houses along the edges of Paradise Park can be found in the Self-Guided Tour of Historic Thomasville. The park is equiped with a playground equipment, a lighted gazebo, grills, covered shelters and picnic tables. (This park does not have restrooms.)
Francis Weston Park
A great park for sporting events, Francis Weston has a baseball field, basketball court, track, playground, shelters with picnic tables, grills and restrooms. This park is available for reservations.