Rankin Lake Park

Rankin Lake has been a community landmark since its construction in 1922 and is a favorite spot for family gatherings, picnicking, bank fishing, and other activities.
The park features a clubhouse with tables and chairs to accommodate group rentals, a “warming” kitchen, and restrooms; two lakeside, corporate picnic shelters; one large picnic shelter; eight small picnic shelters; an 18-hole disc golf course; two horseshoe courts; an outdoor classroom; trailhead and connector to the Highland Rail Trail of the greenway system; two boardwalks over Kaylor Creek; an approximately 80 acre lake with a 1.569 mile paved trail around the perimeter; wooden boardwalk over the lake spillway; two fishing piers; one viewing pier; a lake office to handle boat rentals (jon boats, canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats) and fishing permits; and a restroom building.


  • 1750 Rankin Lake Rd.
  • Gastonia, NC


  • Telephone: 704-866-6849
  • Hours: Daily dawn to dusk
Rankin Lake Park

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