By Richard Luo
Black Hill Regional Park can be summed up in just one word: comprehensive. The recreational park spans over 2,000 acres of land providing picnic shelters, volleyball courts, playgrounds, hiking trails, boating areas, a dog park, fishing locations...you get the idea. Today, we’ll summarize some of the best features at Black Hill Regional Park.
Similar to visits on just about all trips, the first thing you should do at Black Hill Regional Park is to check out the visitor center. As the name suggests, the visitor center at Black Hill Regional Park provides users a variety of nature programs and potential tours you can engage in.
Once you arrive, one of the first things you may notice is the abundance of fishers. At Black Hill, there are multiple locations a person can fish at. The most popular, is a wooden dock that brings a person a couple dozen feet towards the center of Little Seneca Lake. At the end of the dock, the space expands, allowing people more room to fish. During the Summer, people are able to catch a mix of bluegill, crappie, yellow perch, and even largemouth bass. In my own experience, I have seen a summer camp counselor successfully bait a large bass with fried chicken. He explained that his strategy was to continuously pester the bass with fried chicken until it took a bite out of spite. However, not only do people fish at the dock, people can also rent boats to fish out of.
Renting a boat at Black Hill is usually a quick and easy process. For starters, you don’t need to bring anything from home, they provide you with life jackets and all the boating equipment. Additionally, prices for renting boats are fair, usually ranging from $12-$14 per an hour depending on the boat and the day you rent it. Even though this may look steep to some, the experience usually makes the trip worth the price. Additionally, going with friends and family not only enhances the experience, but if you’re concerned with pricing you can easily split the costs. Boating provides many advantages as well. People who want to continue fishing now have a lot more space (basically the whole lake), and those just plan on relaxing and enjoying the unique environment can explore areas of Black Hill Regional Park not accessible by foot. More specific information can be found here: https://www.montgomeryparks.org/parks-and-trails/black-hill-regional-park/black-hill-boats-little-seneca-lake/
Even if boating and fishing experiences don’t appeal to you, Black Hill Regional Park offers a multitude of services that you can also explore. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a half-day trip or full-day trip outside, Black Hill Regional Park is the place to go.