The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 400 acres of land developed for recreational use including 11 public parks, including the Morganton Greenway System, and several mini-parks such as the Asian Gardens. 

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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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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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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111 Alphabet Ln

Martin Luther King Jr. Park was originally constructed by the City of Morganton in 1987, but underwent extensive renovations and reopened with state-of-the-art playground equipment and amenities in 2019. The park has a walking track, a splash pad, a gravity rail, a mega-tower, ADA compliant equipment and so much more.

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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.  No pets are allowed in the baseball, softball or soccer areas.

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