The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Department maintains more than 400 acres of land developed for recreational use including 12 public parks.
All parks open from dawn to 10:00 pm
The 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.
600 Block Bethel Road
Bethel Park was constructed by the City of Morganton in 1978.
The park covers approximately 15 acres.
August 29, 2011
The City of Morganton Parks and Recreation Department is working to make the Hunting Creek bank area at Bethel Park safer and more manageable. In the next few months, the department has plans to plant ground cover, trees and wildflowers along the creek bank.
800 Block Carbon City Road
Carbon City Park was constructed by the City of Morganton and is approximately 2 acres.
There is a lot to do at Catawba Meadows 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.
Greenlee Ford Road
The Catawba River Soccer Complex was constructed by the City of Morganton in 2000 and is approximately 30 acres.
Located off Greenlee Ford Road across from the Catawba River Soccer Complex
The Morganton Parks and Recreation Department provides plots of land for residents to grow vegetables. Plots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and residents must pay a $20.00 application fee. The garden is open during growing season.
600 Block West Concord St.
Drexel Heritage Park was constructed by the City of Morganton in 1998 and is approximately 3 acres.
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.
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.
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.
620 Block Bouchelle Street
The park was constructed by the City of Morganton and is approximately one acre.
The 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.
400 Causby Quarry Road
The skeet range was opened in 1975 and is approximately 1.5 acres. The combination skeet and trap field was constructed in 1995.
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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Director • 438-5351
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The Parks and Recreation offices are located in the Collett Street Recreation Center, 300 Collett St.