Picnic Shelter Reservations

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The Willow Oak Picnic ShelterThe Hickory Picnic Shelter

Reserve your shelter here

Mills River Park has two picnic shelters available to rent: The Willow Oak picnic shelter and The Hickory picnic shelter. The shelters may be reserved no more than 6 months in advance. There is a 2-hour reservation minimum. When shelters are not reserved, they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Willow Oak Picnic Shelter: Capacity is 100. There are 16 picnic tables. Electricity and charcoal grills are available. The cost is $20 per hour for Town of Mills River Residents and $25 for non-residents.

Hickory Picnic Shelter: Capacity is 36. There are 6 picnic tables. Electricity is available. The cost is $10 per hour for Town of Mills River Residents and $15 per hour for non-residents. Please note that at this time, the adjoining restrooms are under construction and not open. 

If you are interested in reserving a picnic shelter, follow these steps: 

You can check availability, reserve a shelter, and pay with a credit/debit card on our registration website. To access the calendar, click on "Facility Rentals" and then select the facility you are interested in. Select the date you are interested in to see when it is available. You will need to create a CivicRec account in order to reserve. 

Alternatively, you can fill out a Picnic Shelter Application. You can print it at home, or come to Town Hall during business hours to fill one out in our lobby. There, you may turn in your application along with payment (cash or check only) and receive confirmation and receipt. 


-If you need to host a party or an event that would utilize areas of the park beyond the picnic shelter, you may need a special event application. The fee for a special event is $250 per 4-hour time block.