The city of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, located in Rutherford County, is home to approximately 150,000 residents. Murfreesboro sits less than 50 miles from Nashville and is a mid-sized city with abundant things to do, like historical attractions, great places to shop and eat, plus eight city parks that offer a wide range of facilities. The best parks in Murfreesboro have multiple sites for activities, are well-kept, and are located conveniently near main routes and popular neighborhoods, whether you're after a golf course home or a waterfront home. The following three Murfreesboro parks are all excellent choices full of diverse amenities.
Barfield Crescent Park
Barfield Crescent Park Amenities
- Hiking trails
- Baseball & softball fields
- A disc golf course
- Campsites for overnight campers
- Over 430 acres to explore
- Multiple playgrounds
- Grass volleyball court
- Horseshoe pits
Park Hours: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
The Barfield Crescent Park is on the south side of Murfreesboro located off Highway 231/Church Street. The 430-acre park includes seven miles of paved and unpaved paths as well as picnic shelters, a children's playground, grass volleyball court, tetherball, horseshoe pits, and an 18-hole disc golf course. This large city park feels like an oasis and also features 12 individual campsites plus one group campsite available to rent. The baseball and softball complex is home to several tournaments, and there is parking for up to 600 cars.
The park's Wilderness Station can be found off Volunteer Road on the east side of the park. The Wilderness Station includes a nature center and the headquarters of Outdoor Murfreesboro, a department that offers educational programs. Visitors to the Wilderness Station can see several animals, including owls and snakes. Via the Wilderness Station, there are miles of hiking trails, including the Sensory Trail loop, which is about a mile long and also known as the Rocky Path Trail. There are three stations along this trail to visit as well as ample opportunities to see Tennessee foliage and native plants.
McKnight Park Amenities
- 81 acres of parks
- 10 softball fields
- Concession stands
- Fields for football, lacrosse, soccer, and disc golf
- Sheltered picnic area
- Restroom facilities
- Indoor & outdoor pools
Park Hours: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
On the northern edge of Murfreesboro sits McKnight Park, located near the City of Murfreesboro Airport (MBT). McKnight Park spans more than 80 acres and is home to Sports*Com, Star*Plex, and the David Price Miracle Field. The Sports*Com area features indoor and outdoor multipurpose fields that include a sand volleyball court, a 25-yard indoor pool, a 50-meter outdoor pool, a gymnasium, a game room, a fitness center, and a running track.
The Star*Plex recreational area is a sports complex with multiple fields for youth and adult baseball as well as softball. Guests can find refreshments at the Star*Plex concession stand, and there are restroom facilities as well. The Star*Plex is home to the Optimist Little League Baseball Program. The youth softball fields are separate and include the home site for the Stones River Kiwanis girls softball program.
McKnight Park also features the David Price Miracle Field, a baseball and playground area designed for special needs and all-inclusive play for every age and capability. Visitors to McKnight Park can enjoy beautiful green spaces, sheltered picnic areas, and the park's multipurpose fields. Three fields are lighted, and they're typically used for disc golf, youth and adult soccer, youth football, and lacrosse.
Gateway Island Amenities
- Reception center with catering kitchen
- Gazebo for picnicking
- Scenic waterfalls
- View overlooking the lake
- Public restrooms during park hours
Park Hours: Daylight until 10 p.m., 365 days a year
Gateway Island in Murfreesboro is a picturesque destination that's a popular site for various celebrations. Area residents come to Gateway Island for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, and receptions. Its beauty provides the ideal backdrop for unforgettable photos and precious moments for all. Amenities at Gateway Island include a large gazebo, stunning waterfalls, an overlook to the lake, and a reception center that has a multipurpose room plus a kitchen to accommodate caterers.
The Gateway Island Trail, which is part of the city's Greenway System, is a popular path for walkers and runners. It's often used for local walk/run races and charity events. Visitors can find Gateway Island and the trail located adjacent to the General Bragg Trailhead. There is parking and connections to Gateway Island at 1902 West College and the College Street Trailhead. Gateway Island is centrally located near the St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital and Highway 41/Broad Street.
Visit a Murfreesboro Park Today
Relaxing at a Murfreesboro park is a great way to wind down after a day shopping in the city. Visitors and residents of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, have a great selection of city parks to explore, which include two bark parks, community parks with tennis courts, and trails that are part of the Murfreesboro Greenway System as well as the Backcountry Trails at Barfield. Throughout Murfreesboro, there is something for all ages when it comes to outdoor recreation.
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