While traveling in Plumas County, you're welcome to stretch your legs, toss a ball, or pull over for a picnic at one of several community parks and Forest Service day use areas.
Most parks have restrooms and playground facilities; some offer public swimming pools and skateboarding ramps.
Chester Park, on Hwy. 36 along the Feather River, offers picnic tables, a playground, ball fields, basketball court and restrooms.
Greenville Community Park, off Hot Springs road south of town, has a playground, restrooms, and ball fields.
The town of Taylorsville has a swimming pool, and picnic spots at the Taylorsville campground.
In Quincy, travelers can enjoy playgrounds, picnic tables, a family-friendly hiking trail, and ball fields at Gansner Park, located north of town off Hwy. 70 behind the airport. Or, they'll find a playground, a swimming pool, skateboard park and group barbecue pavilion at Pioneer Park, on Fairgrounds Road off Hwy. 70 east of downtown. Dame Shirley Plaza, near the Courthouse, offers picnic tables and a grassy play area within view of Quincy's historic downtown.
Lowell Bader Park in Meadow Valley is a nice stop on the way to Bucks Lake, about five miles west of Quincy. The rustic park offers a playground, picnic and barbecue area and basketball and tennis courts.
The Graeagle Mill Pond off Hwy. 89 has picnic tables, along with paddleboat rentals and swimming, while the Graeagle Picnic Grounds, located in the housing area across from the gas station, has ball fields and a bandstand.
Portola's City Park is located a half mile south of Hwy. 70, across the Gulling Street Bridge. It features a swimming pool, playground, bandstand, skate park, and tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts.
Also in Portola, the accessible Riverside Picnic Area is located at the end of the Riverwalk paved trail off Rocky Point Road, just east of downtown.
Great spots for picnics or rest stops can also be found along the west and east shores of Lake Almanor, at Hamilton Branch, and at forest service day use areas at major lakes including Butt Valley, Bucks, Little Grass Valley, Antelope, Round Valley, Davis and Frenchman. You'll also find sites in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area, Plumas-Eureka State Park, along the Feather River and in the Feather River Canyon. A $5 day use fee is charged at Bucks and Frenchman; all other sites are free of charge.