Sandhills parks are one of the things that make this
area such a great place to live. Besides all the public parks, the natural
landscapes and areas around Moore County have been so perfectly preserved
that almost every area feels like a park. There are some 200 bodies of water
in Moore county. The neighborhoods and communities are dotted with preserved
common areas, golf courses, gardens and lakes and ponds. The Parks and
recreation Departments from each community have great sports programs for
the kids and take great care in maintaining the Sandhills parks around the area, so
everyone will continue to be able to enjoy them for years to come.
Aberdeen Lake and Park - Aberdeen Lake is a great place to hang out,
a picnic, do some fishing, or get some great cardio. The 2 mile trail that
circles the perimeter of the lake is a great place for a run. Huge Fourth of
July fireworks display every year draws thousands of locals and residents to
the lake and the park. Boats without gas engines are allowed and they have a
nice playground for the kids. Brand New recreation station center
and activities, that can be rented out for your events. Aberdeen Lake and
Park is also the home of the Annual Sardine Festival.
The Campbell House Recreation
Area - The Campbell house in
Southern Pines was part of the original Boyd family estate. The park
area here is a quiet, phenomenal place to take your pets or picnic and
relax. Across the street from the Weymouth Center for the Performing Arts
and right next door to the Campbell House, home of the Moore County Arts
Council and their galleries, it's just a great way to spend the day. Pack a
lunch, check out Weymouth and The Campbell House and picnic in the park.
For more on Weymouth's history check here. History is always fun,
especially when it's history about a place that you love to call home.
Cannon Park / Camelot
- Camelot and Cannon Park is a fantastic place to go hang out for the day
in Pinehurst. Camelot has a great playground for kids of all ages and Canon Park has 3 or
4 open soccer park size areas for running the dog, throwing frisbee, etc.
There are 2 baseball fields, picnic shelter, and right on the corner is the
Community Pool. It's a great place to take the kids during the summer, or
take your significant other tojust "chill out". Parks and Recreation holds
soccer practice and some softball leagues and other recreation leagues use the park
as well. Great Central location in Pinehurst, with everything you need. This
location is a favorite of kids among all Sandhills parks. If
you feel like Running, Rassie Wicker Park is right around the corner, and
part of the Pinehurst
Greenway system connects here as well.
Colonial Heights Park
- Colonial Heights Park is on Park drive in Aberdeen,
just off of Hwy 5. This was a great addition a few years ago and has been
utilized extensively ever since. The park has a picnic area, tree house
2 baseball fields, bleachers, concession stand, restrooms, sand volleyball
court and 5 acres of park space. A lot of our local baseball leagues utilize
this as one of their playing fields as well, with electric scoreboards. This
is another great park to take the kids to, and if their into sports they'll
probably wind up playing here anyway.
Downtown Southern Pines Park
- In the 100 block of SE Broad Street in
downtown Southern Pines, these Sandhills parks are set in a perfect setting. The shops of downtown Southern Pines are just
steps away. They host many festivals and events throughout the year. The
park has 4 lighted tennis courts, 2 lighted
basketball courts, big
playground for the kids, and a large covered picnic shelter.
Plenty of benches and open space round out this popular spot for locals. And
when you're done playing and relaxing, you can take a few steps down the
street and grab some lunch.
- Located at the intersection of Hwy 22 and Hwy 15/501 in
Carthage, Hillcrest Park provides 4 baseball fields, playground, volleyball
courts, concession stand, picnic area, and 1.5 mile nature trail. These
Sandhills parks are in a great location for anyone in the Carthage area or
on the 15/501 and Hwy 22 corridor. This is a big park with plenty of
parking. This park is also used extensively by the Moore County Parks and
Recreation department sports programs.
- This is one place that's definitely going to the dogs.
Park is a 50 acre off- leash dog park. Dog's love this place because unlike
so many other places that require you to keep your dog on a leash, they can
run free here and enjoy themselves and meet other pooches. Set in a central
location at 350 Commerce Ave in Southern Pines (behind WalMart), there are
trails that run throughout the 50 acres.
Memorial Park - Located at the intersection of Hwy 1 and Morganton Road
complex offers 16 competition style horseshoe pits, 4 lighted tennis courts,
a lighted basketball court, 2 lighted outdoor racquetball courts, 2
shuffleboard courts, a sand volleyball court, playground equipment, picnic
areas and softball/football fields and rec center. Very easy access here, right next to Hwy 1 /
Morganton Rd. and Gold's Gym at South Bennett Street.
Morganton Rd Sports Complex - Right on Morganton Road, by the Armory
complex includes, Armory Field, Optimist Field, a new four field soccer
complex, a playground, plenty of spectator seating, concession stand,
basketball facilities, baseball, etc. Lots of multi-team tournaments and
parks and rec games and tournaments played here. A great addition to our
local parks scene. Relatively easy to get in and out of, right on Morganton
Road. Centrally located so if you need to drop the kids off for soccer and
handle some shopping, it's very easy to do that. Saturday morning soccer leagues normally have their games here.
Rassie Wicker Park
- Just across the street from the Village Hall in Pinehurst
Rassie Wicker Park. This park features a killer inline hockey rink,
playground, soccer field, picnic area, concession stand and 2.3 miles of
paved walking trails that connect to the
Greenway system. Another great place to get in a good run. Some of the
Sandhills Youth Hockey League games and tournaments here are epic. Also, in the works right
now is the Arboretum, which will be an "open space" venue. Just a fantastic
place to spend time with the family or just get away for the day.
- The Elizabeth High Rounds Park, completed in May of 2002,
was part of Betty Rounds' commitment to education and leisure services for
the youth of the community. This 4 acre park offers a playground, picnic
shelter, restrooms, open space and a hiking trail that connects to the
Reservoir Park and the 7 miles of
in the area. This park is located at the intersection of Hwy 22 and Pee Dee
Road in Southern Pines.
Reservoir Park - This 165 acre park includes a 95 acre lake, nature trails,
trails, picnic shelter, grills, boat ramp and pier. This is a great place to
come run or just enjoy time with the family. The trail that surrounds this
lake also connects to the greenway trail
system in the area. The trail brushes past Longleaf CC on the back left
side, and is just a great place to run and enjoy nature. The trail is about
2.5 miles long around the lake, and it doesn't take many laps to wear you
out. Reservoir Park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Sandhurst Park - Located off of
South Bethesda Rd. in Southern Pines, this
park just opened in 2008 and features walking trails, playground, rock
climbing wall for kids, picnic shelter with bathrooms and a grill, water
fountains and plenty of open green space. There is paved parking off of
South Bethesda or Barcroft Ct. Another great place to hang out, picnic, play
football, throw the frisbee and take the dogs.
Weymouth Woods - Sandhills Nature Preserve
- If you really want to get a look at the natural, preserved nature and
ecosystem of the sandhills, you
need to take a trip to Weymouth Woods. Being a preserve, it's very limited
in use to preserve the nature and wildlife that is there. There are walking
trails and an education area as well. This land was donated to the state of
NC by the Boyd Family to preserve it for education and enjoyment of future
generations. Fox Squirrels, longleaf pines, red cockaded woodpecker, the
rolling landscape, all of it virtually unchanged from when the highland
scots got here some 200+ years ago.
For more history on Weymouth check here.
As you can see, there are no shortgage of outside spaces to enjoy and relax
in. And this doesn't even take into account the unbelievable number of
gated communities and golf
communties that are literally like
living in Sandhills parks everyday. The
festivals, the sports and activities for the kids, the surroundings and
beauty of the area. It's just one more reason why we love calling the Sandhills home.
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