Pristine lake vistas and rugged forest expanses, Hayward Lakes’ park opportunities are everywhere you turn. Explore some of our local parks to discover less traveled paths, secret swimming spots, and the perfect spot for a picnic!

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Eytcheson Park

On County Highway T, this Town of Lenroot Park on Smith Lake has a boat launch, large sandy swimming area, and changing room.

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Nelson Lake Park

An abandoned wayside stop, offering restrooms & hand-pumped water. Fishing along the shore or from the dam. Picnic tables are available.

Hatchery Creek Park

Hatchery Creek Park

This county-owned park is located just two miles east of Hayward. The park features a warming house, toilets, picnic area, and hiking trails.

Town of Hayward Recreational Forest

Town of Hayward Recreational Forest

About 4 miles of trails, woods, a small lake, & wildlife. In the winter months, cross country ski trails, a sledding hill, & snowshoeing.

Henks Park

Henks Park

Located 5.9 miles south of Hayward on Highway 27. There are several loops of trails for hiking and snowshoeing.

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Silverthorn Park

New pavilion, diving dock, and sand beach. Ball field is home to the Seeley Loggers and the site of the “Older than Dirt” tournament. Small boat landing.

Lake Hayward Public Beach

Lake Hayward Public Beach

Hwy 27 South to Hwy B-Left on B, One Block to S 2nd Street Turn Left on 2nd Street, Two blocks to the City Beach

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Library Nature Park

A walking trail approximately 1/2 mile long is available for a walk through the forest and around a small pond and wet land.

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The Bark Park

Open to the public. There are fenced areas with covered shelters to exercise your dogs off leash. The park is open dusk till dawn.