Parks

The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 400 acres of land developed for recreational use including 10 public parks and the Morganton Greenway System. All parks are open from dawn to 10:00 pm. 

pr-adopt a park-2011-150pxThe Mission of  the Adopt-A-Park and Adopt-A-Trail programs is to protect and enhance the City of Morganton’s neighborhood parks, open spaces and trails by utilizing volunteer support and special events, and to educate residents about the importance of our parks, open spaces and trails.

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600 Block Bethel Road

Bethel Park was constructed by the City of Morganton in 1978. The park covers approximately 15 acres in the eastern part of the City.

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220 Catawba Meadows Dr.
701 Sanford Dr. (GPS to park entrance)

Catawba Meadows Parks covers more than 230 acres in Morganton, and there is a lot to do at the park! In addition to the premier softball and baseball facilities, residents and visitors can enjoy 2.5 miles of greenway along the Catawba River; an 18-hole disc golf course; sand volleyball courts; corporate picnic shelters; acres of open space for picnics, public rest rooms, plus many special events.

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400 Block Independence Blvd.

Freedom Park was constructed in 1983 by the City of Morganton adjacent to Freedom High School. The park is approximately 30 acres.

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800 Block N. King Street

Gene Turner Park is a youth baseball complex opened in 1951 with the first season of youth baseball in Morganton. The facility was constructed and funded by the Morganton Parks and Recreation Foundation, Inc. The second field was constructed in 1981 by the City of Morganton and named in honor and memory of long time youth baseball supporter and field manager Gene Turner. Gene Turner covers 2.3 acres.

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200 Block Collett St.

Martha's Park was opened in 1972 as The Children's Park and funded by the City of Morganton. The Park was renovated in 2004 with funds raised by the Morganton Service League and named in honor and memory of Martha Phifer. The park is approximately 1.4 acres.

The splash pad opens middle to late May and closes middle to late September, depending on the weather. Call the Collett Street Recreation Center at (828) 438-5350 to confirm if the splash pad is open or closed.

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pr-BirderFriendlyCommunityThe Morganton Greenway System offers year-round biking, jogging and strolling and picnicking. Enjoy the natural beauty of the great outdoors just a moment away from the heart of downtown Morganton.

The Morganton Greenway System includes the Catawba River Greenway and the Freedom Trail Greenway and currently has five pedestrian access points with parking. In 2009, the Greenway System was included as part of the North Carolina Birding Trail. Information about the trail and the types of birds on the trail was published in the NC Birding Trail Mountain Region Guide.

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101 Golf Course Road

Shuey Park was constructed in 1968 with funds raised by the Morganton Parks and Recreation Foundation, Inc. and was named after Harry Shuey (owner of Morganton Furniture and President of the Recreation Foundation.) The Park is approximately 16 acres.

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