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Morganton is a metropolitan city 50 miles east of Asheville, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Other than being high in elevation, the town is also high in heritage thanks to the archeological site in-town known as the Mississippian Culture Chiefdom, which was occupied in 1400 AD to 1600 AD. Today though, Morganton thrives not only with humans, but with their four-legged residents too, and offers six veterinarians to keep them healthy.
Morganton has dedicated a lot of space to the pups in town, like the Bethel Bark Park inside Bethel Park. The bark park is a great place to bring your pup, thanks to the large space that's completely fenced-in, separate area for small pooches, and double-gated entrances. There's even clean-up stations, two covered shelters, picnic tables, trash bins, and benches. The rest of Bethel Park is also dog-friendly, but pups must remain on a leash outside the park. Here, pups can enjoy a .8-mile paved walkway, tennis and basketball courts, and nighttime lights.
Catawba Meadows Park is one of the larger public spaces in Morganton, expanding over 230 acres along the Rhodhiss River. This dog-friendly park welcomes leashed pups and humans to enjoy amenities like open fields, fishing areas, lighted baseball and tennis courts, picnic shelters, paved walkways, restrooms, water fountains, benches, and clean-up stations.
Morganton will provide water sports, outdoor activities and lots of love for you and Fido to enjoy while in town.
Just like the city, the neighborhood of Central Morganton is mixed with residential homes and thick forests. Among those trees is the Gene Turner Park, a recreational area with two baseball diamonds, enclosed tennis courts, a swimming pool, and paved walkways. The park is dog-friendly, and offers a pavilion, nature trails in the forested areas of the park, benches, water fountains, and clean-up stations. Across the street is Martha's Park, a smaller but prettier spot, with playgrounds and a scenic fountain, paved walkways, benches, and a small picnic area. Dogs must remain on a leash inside both parks.
The Oak Hill neighborhood is on the western side of town, with beautiful views of the surrounding forests and mountains. The best place to head to walk Fido in the neighborhood is Freedom Park, an open space with recreational fields that include baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and enclosed tennis courts. Dogs are allowed onto the fields as long as no teams are playing, and can enjoy the paved walkway that encircles the park. Extending over a mile, the pathway connects to a playground, picnic area, pavilion, and restrooms. Dogs must remain on a leash inside the park, and have access to additional features like water fountains, clean-up stations, benches, and trash bins.
The neighborhood of Calvin is mixed with residential homes and shopping districts. In this neighborhood, there are a few places to walk Fido, like Shuey Park, an open and spacious park that is surrounded by trees with paved paths that wind throughout the park. Leashed pups are welcome in the park, and can enjoy additional features like water fountains, benches, picnic areas, and trash bins. The Catawba River Soccer Complex is also in the neighborhood, and is made up of four different soccer fields. There is plenty of extra areas and an access point to the Catawba River Greenway Trail here. Leash up your pup before heading out, and grab some water and clean-up bags too!
Brindletown is a large neighborhood taking up the southern part of Morganton that hosts one of the state's largest state parks, the South Mountains State Park. The mountainous park has over 18,830 acres of land within its borders, with mountainous ridges that elevate upwards to 3,000 feet above sea level, rivers, an 80-foot waterfall, and over 40 miles of hiking trails. Trails vary in difficulty, and can be used by beginning or expert hikers. Dogs are always welcome in the park as long as they remain on a leash, and can enjoy additional amenities like picnic shelters, benches, trash bins, and water fountains.
The neighborhood of Linville Falls takes up the northern region of Morganton. Inside the neighborhood lies the Lake James State Park, a 3,644-acre park that is popular year-round for residents and visitors. The park surrounds Lake James, with over 150 miles of shoreline, offering different spots for fishing, swimming, and multiple boat launches. Dogs are always welcome inside the park, and must remain on a leash 6 feet or shorter, but can enjoy over 25 miles of trails, 20 different dog-friendly campsites and beaches, water fountains, restrooms, trash bins, and benches throughout the park. The park's hours are from 7 AM to 10 PM in the summer, and 7 AM to 7 PM in the winter.
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