Local Parks & Playgrounds Guide

April 24, 2018

Who doesn't love a day at the park? We all have our favorites, but sometimes it's fun to explore a new spot to play. We are lucky to have lots of parks to choose from around our area, and honestly, there are too many to list! 

We've gathered below the favorite parks and playgrounds around Hickory, Lenoir, Morganton and the surrounding areas, according to you! Each listing is a review by a local mom and we'll be adding to the list as we get more reviews. Looking for trails and greenways to ride instead? Check out our list of 16 Local Places for a Family Bike Ride.


Kiwanis Park
805 6th SE St, Hickory
Home to the Zahra Baker All-Children's Playground and the Charles D. Dixon Memorial Splash Pad, this park is a favorite among children of all abilities.

Lowes Foods City Park
300-326 Main Ave NW, Hickory
Located near the heart of downtown Hickory, this park boasts climbing features, a musical area, and a small splash pad.

Glenn C. Hilton Jr. Memorial Park
2000 6th St NW, Hickory
This park has upgraded play equipment, picnic areas, lit walking trails, a nature boardwalk, disc golf, and a canoe launch.

Conover City Park
361 5th Ave SE, Conover
Nature-themed playgrounds surrounded by a walking trail along a wetland along with a picnic shelter and a splash pad form this fun play space near Conover Station.

Southside Park
1775 Southwest Blvd, Newton
There's lots of open space at this great park in Newton, along with a playground, open-air amphitheater, a walking trail and more.


Catawba Meadows Park
701 Sanford Dr, Morganton
The adventure playground at this park is one of its many highlights that also include a greenway, disc golf, lots of open space and more.

Martha's Park
200 Collett St, Morganton
The splash pad is the most popular feature at this small park that also boasts a great playground, picnic shelters and restrooms.

McGalliard Falls Park
1400 Falls Rd NW, Valdese
The 40-foot waterfall in this park makes it a great place for the kids to splash in the creek.

Lake James State Park
7321 North Carolina 126, Nebo
The beach makes this park a great destination in the summer, but the hiking and biking trails are a draw year-round.


Redwood Park
470 Redwood St, Hudson
Named Caldwell County's Park of the Year numerous times, this 38-acre park has several playgrounds and walking trails, a nine-hole disc golf course, a dog park, picnic shelters, a zipline, sport and fitness facilities, and an outdoor pool.

Tuttle State Forest
3420 Playmore Beach Rd, Lenoir
This beautiful natural resource offers outdoor education and many hiking trails, including their informative “Talking Tree” trails.


Matheson Park
165 Matheson Park Ave, Taylorsville
Newly updated playground equipment (spring of 2018), a walking trail, volleyball court, and lots of eating areas make this park great for a fun afternoon.


Stone Mountain State Park
3042 Frank Pkwy, Roaring Gap
The massive granite dome is an impressive centerpiece of this park that offers lots of outdoor activities plus educational opportunities at the Hutchinson Homestead.

Lake Norman State Park
759 State Park Rd, Troutman
Enjoy canoeing, biking, hiking and more at this beautiful park on Lake Norman.

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